7/10 coming back from my walk I saw an animal jump in the grass, snuck up on him to see a frog, trying to see if it is a Pickerel Frog or a Leopard frog - the spots are brown ovals, separate and some connected on a green background, two light colored lines on each side of its body- Leopard Frog. This is a Species of Special Concern in Connecticut, I wonder how common they are in Vermont?
4/26/10 standing looking through the forest for wildlife - the forest is quiet, then I hear a deer give a loud snort about 20 feet behind me - when I turn around - he’s gone - the snort was meant to startle me- believe me it did !- they also snort to clear their nostrils to smell what’s around
5/4/09 saw two Hermit Thrushes, one chasing the other among the branches of the forest, gracefully flowing flight up and swerving down
4/27/09 heard the song of the Blue-Headed Vireo, i'ts similar but slower that the song of the Red-Eyed Vireo- saw male staking out its territory with its song - also probably eating insects among the Red Maple flowers, stays high in the tree, also saw female - not as yellow as male, same white eye ring, saw Broad-Winged hawk up high, almost like windows where flight feathers connect, wide black bands on tail, riding the thermal in circles
11/1/08 heard a rustle on the ground to my right- saw the silhouette of an alert Ruffed Grouse- its crested head stretched high looking around, tail pointed downward, slightly fanned- then another grouse took off from the tree above, the grouse on the ground took off and a third grouse in the tree took off!
Late 10/08 saw Ruffed Grouse tracks winding around in the snow, one track after another
10/22/08 a large Red-tailed Hawk took off from a low area, beautiful view of its back and orange-fanned tail - there was a definite white band above tail (on rump), followed a set of deer tracks down the hill - the back foot track is landing offset on the outside of the front track- these are doe tracks - saw fox tracks-petite in the soft mud with a back track slightly offset on the larger front track-one of the back pads looked like an upside down v like the back pad of a Red Fox sometimes registers.
10/12/08 saw set of deer tracks- it was a male deer - the back foot landed on the front track offset on the inside
10/9/08 mud areas of trail- 6”moose track later,a clear bobcat track with another fainter one 8 inches behind which I only saw because the afternoon light caused a shadow - one of the tracks shows the bobcat slipping in the mud