|Cope's gray tree frog (Hyla chrysoscelis)|
Last Saturday, we had a rain shower, brief but intense. It created a damp, muggy afternoon at the nature center. Perfect conditions in May to bring out a chorus of Cope's gray tree frog males crooning for a mate.
Shortly after finding the barred owl, the participants in a nature writing workshop at the Homesite heard the raspy baritone trills...eeeeeerrrrrrr.
When the workshop ended, Rex McDaniel went back to search for the easy-to-hear, hard-to-see tree frogs that are about the size as half a Cadbury egg. Both are somewhat creme filled.
Some frogs have the ability to shift their overall color to better blend into their environs. Gray tree frogs can be gray, brownish or, in this case, a bit greenish to better hideaway on a damp Saturday afternoon.
- Photo by Rex McDaniel. Story by Stephen Lyn Bales