Vertebrate Animals

As of April 12, 2018 this album consists of 38 photos of amphibians (5 species), reptiles (4 species), birds (16 species), and mammals (3 species).
American Toad (Bufo Americanus)  Photogaphed on July 13, 2011.  Northern Leopard (Rana pipiens) Frog Adult  Photographed on July 19, 2017.  On this date, there seemed to be many small immature leopard frogs present as well as a few large ones like this specimen which is probably a female full of eggs.  Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana) on a Rock  Photographed at Way Pond on June 25, 2007.  It must have been well-fed, since it seemed to be ignoring the two flies in the photo. 
Green Frog (Rana clamitans) on Rock  Photogaphed at Way Pond on June 25, 2007.  Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)  Spring peepers (formerly known as  Hyla crucifer ) are commonly heard in early spring singing at night in wet areas, and they are very hard to see.  However, this one was photographed on July 29, 2007, and it was not close to water.  Brown Snake (Storeria dekayi)  This non-venomous snake was photographed on April 16, 2009. 
Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis)  Photographed on April 18, 2015.  Eastern Painted Turtles (Chrysema picta picta) Sunning  Photographed at Way Pond on April 18, 2016.  Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)  This very large and presumably old individual was photographed at Way Pond on March 22, 2012. 
Snapping Turtles (Chelydra serpentina) Mating  These mating snapping turtles were photographed at Way Pond on April 21, 2008.  The aggressor, presumably the male, is on the left.  Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) Mating Pair  This snapper, probably a female, was trying to escape from a submerged male pursuer at Way Pond on May 6, 2013.  Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) Laying Eggs  This large snapping turtle appeared to be laying eggs on the island at Way Pond on April 25, 2008 while smaller turtles and a nesting Canada Goose looked on.  The goose seemed oblivious to the threat posed by the snapper to her future offspring, 
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) Male  This goose, probably a male, appeared to be standing guard while his mate sat on a nearby nest at Way Pond on May 6, 2013.  Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) with Goslings  This pair with 2 goslings was photographed at Way Pond on May 9, 2009.  Every spring for many years, Canada Geese have attempted to nest at Way Pond, but the goslings are almost always eaten by snapping turtles.  In this case, the remaining goslings might have been big enough to survive.  Green Heron (Butorides virescens) Juvenile  This 1st year bird was photographed at Way Pond on Aug. 9, 2012. 
Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) Tom Tail Feather  This tail feather was photographed at Way Pond on Aug 9, 2012.  Wild turkeys are now fairly common breeders at the swamp.  I once surprised a female with several youngsters.  Soaring Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  It was  was migrating on April 9, 2006.  Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) Pair at Nest Hole  This pair  was at a nest hole under construction on March 22, 2012.  The male on the left was doing the digging. 
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) Male Digging Nest Hole  This male appeared to be digging a nest hole on April 16, 2009.  Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  Photographed at the Meadows on May 15, 2010.  Veery (Catharus fuscescens)  Photographed on May 6, 2014. 
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  Photographed on April 28, 2017.  Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)  Male  This singing male was seen in the Boardwalk area on April 18, 2015.  Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) Female  She was seen in the Boardwalk area on May 6, 2013. 
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) Juvenile  This flegling was seen in the Boardwalk area on Aug. 9, 2012.  Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)  Photographed at the Meadows on May 22, 2007.  American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) Male  He was singing on May 10, 2006. 
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) Male  Here is another American Redstart male seen on May 15, 2010.  American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) Male  He was singing on May 21, 2016.  American Redstarts are common nesters at Thousand Acre Swamp, but not so common elsewhere in the Rochester area.  Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) Male  He was migrating on April 28, 2017.  This species does not breed at the swamp. 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) Male  He was singing on May 21, 2016.  This species probably nests at the swamp.  Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus) Female  She was seen on May 10, 2008.  Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) Male  He was singing on May 10, 2006. 
Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus)  Photographed on April 18, 2016. This once common species has become scarce.  I used to see flocks of a hudred or so at the swamp, but in recent years, I've only seen a few birds at a time.  Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) Swimming  It was swimming in Way Pond on Sep. 20, 2007.  Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)  He posed for me nicely along the Songbird Trail on May 3, 2007. 
Winning Raccoon (Procyon lotor)  On May 7, 2007, two raccoons  were fighting very loudly for possession of a tree hole near the beginning of the Trillium Trail. Actually, it was more bluff than fight. Neither one seemed to be hurt. This was the winner just after vanquishing the foe, who fled up the tree.  Winning Raccoon (Procyon lotor)  This photo shows the winning raccoon peering from its new home.