Today I finally heard them.....
In some parts of the region they are rivaled for first position by the Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvatica). But we do not have Wood Frogs in the immediate area....so I always consider the arrival of spring to be heralded by the Chorus Frog.
Interestingly, this is much different than their date of first call last year (which was a much warmer spring)....but on par with past dates I've recorded.
2012: March 14th
2009: April 14th
2008: April 8th
2007: April 27th
2006: April 12th
2005: April 7th
2004: March 28th
2002: April 6th
2001: April 14th
Beyond that....sometimes all that's needed are a few cool camera trap pictures.
First, an Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus).....
Then, what might be one of my favorite Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) pictures to-date.......
Foxes are so amazingly cognizant of their surroundings. The Cuddeback has a lightning-fast trigger speed (< 1 sec.), which is the primary strength of this make and model of camera trap. Thus, it almost appears as if this fox started to leap, sensed the flash, and faced the camera.....all as it was springing into action.
That is what I'd call complete situational awareness!