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I guess it is my turn to post a bucket.  I'm at work and don't have photos or time to do anything more elaborate.  So I'll just post the following.

Limpkins have been calling frequently and vigorously in Lake Jackson over the last couple of weeks.  Calls are most frequent at night but there is some calling during the day as well.  My wife and I discovered a number of empty apple snail shells in Mounds State Park on the weekend, presumably left from Limpkin foraging a couple of years ago when the lake level was higher.  Limpkins are snail specialists and the presence of an introduced apple snail is apparently maintaining the Limpkin population on the lake.

Our bald eagle chicks (at least one) appears to have fledged in the last week.  Eagle vocalization can still be heard after dark although the Limpkins kind of drown them out.

Wet weather recently has resulted in several frog and toad species calling.  I have heard individual green and squirrel treefrogs calling but no large choruses.  Similarly a small number of spring peepers (a winter frog here) are still calling as are fair numbers of southern Leopard frogs.  Also southern toads as I mentioned a few days ago.

That's the report from Tallahassee, FL.  I won't be around much but will check in later.

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