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 Post subject: My 2013 MI Trip - Part IIb
PostPosted: August 17th, 2013, 9:50 am 
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That same evening that I had found two DOR fox snakes a big storm started to blow in from the west. Since I had a rental car I was a little worried about protecting the car from hail, etc, but the storm was hitting mostly away from the coast, so I decided to stay out well after dark and just hug the coast of L. Michigan. It rained hard for a little while then just drizzle for the rest of the evening. I guess it was the big change over from the torridly hot weather we'd been getting to much cooler weather which would last for the next week and a half.

I worked one stretch of road which had a view of L. Michigan most of time on one side and lots of wetlands on the other side. The numbers of toads and frogs was amazing and I was able to make some finds I wouldn't have otherwise. The only thing is that the little point and shoot camera doesn't work very well at night, so these photos aren't too great.

Here's a pic of the approaching storm before it got too dark...
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About 10 pm with temps about 68*F. I found my first American toad...
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These toads were interesting, because they had a distinct vertebral stripe, as opposed to a drabber coloration in the L. P.
And a little juvenile toad...
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And another adult....
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At first I didn't know what the next frog was, but finally figured it out. It turned out to be a juvenile gray treefrog. All the treefrogs I looked at were green, however....
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Actually it was extra difficult to photograph at night, because I had forgotten to bring a flashlight. I did manage to snap a couple pics of adult treefrogs though...
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There were also green frogs on the road...
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These two looked like subadults.

Next morning after the storm I went back to look for more fox snakes and cruised one more adult toad....
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I did manage to cruise the one more DOR fox snake, but it was cool, windy and overcast, and not much was to be found. I needed to get farther north also, so as to visit relatives, so l left in the early afternoon to spend the next five days with family.

However, on my way back, I stopped again at this same spot near L. Michigan, close to where I had found all the amphibians. It was July 28th and about 6:30 in the evening when I passed through. The weather had been much cooler in the interlude and was only 53*F. at the time with very overcast skies and a slight drizzle. Here's some shots of the habitat and coast....
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Notice that the lake level is way down, exposing little islands in the bay. This is due to drought no doubt.

First garter exposed was under a rotting log...
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Then there were a pair of subadults under a large rock...
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And finally, another adult under a stump...
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Leaving Delta County and heading for the Lower Peninsula I did stop at a roadside park and find one more herp. This was in Schoolcraft County.
Another green frog...
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This was another subadult.

Finally, a parting shot of L. Michigan...
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Next stop...the hunting camp... ;)


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