i'm in need of some help here. i'm just getting my feet wet in regards to amphibians. i believe these are salamander eggs, but the situation is odd to me. location is central wisconsin.
the logs the eggs are on.
closer look. the dark blobs are masses.
the next two are closer shots
this is another log next to the first
here is a shot of the distance from the water's edge. about thirty feet behind starts the upland hardwood habitat.
i found three adult blue-spots along the edge of the woods. a week ago, we had warm weather along with torrential downpours sunday evening. tornadoes, the works. in fact, we were chasing a rain-wrapped tornado and we got hit by a roof. bad thing for my friends truck, but super exciting. no pics, sorry. couldn't see it with the rain.
anyhow, blue-spots? frog? non-amphib? seems like a stupid place to lay eggs. exposed and all. could the storms have confused them? there is no way they were under water when laid. we didn't get that much rain, and there is no way it would have soaked in that fast. there are no creeks in or out. i'm at a loss here.