Hickory squirrel here, with one of my regular columns on The Squirrel Nutwork. I began posting the nature’s mysteries three years ago when my friend Nutmeg took on her first Blogging A to Z Challenge. Sundays are the challenge’s off day, and after seeing the scampering about and fun Nutmeg was having to put together the blog, I joined in on her off days. So here’s the way it works:
I post a photo of something in nature in our habitat in the mid-Atlantic region. Readers are invited to post throughout the day with guesses of what the feature is. (So if you want to keep guessing for yourself, don’t read the comments!) Toward evening, I post the answer. And here we go!
Been seeing any puddles that look like this in your neck of the woods?
Er, sorry this is a repeat mystery for some of our longtime readers. But maybe you’ve forgotten! Be back to check your guesses later!
Oh, nooo! I have been away from the Sunday mysteries so long, i forgot to return and give your readers the answer. Very sorry!
These are frog eggs, each little black dot is a growing tadpole. The earliest layers in our are are Wood Frogs, who actually do live in the woods. You can hear them calling in early spring, but might mistake them for ducks. Their call is very quacky. Their jellied eggs stick together in masses in the shallowest parts of a pond or an ephemeral pool. The little tadpoles devour that algae, so if you move any to your backyard pond, be sure you have plenty of the green stuff!