Date: 2/28/18 5:37 pm
From: Rudolph Keller <rckeller...>
Subject: Re: Middle Creek -- Frog Question -- Snow Geese, Tundra Swans -- Lancaster County
Today, 2/28, the spring peepers in the ponds along Hopeland Rd. almost
drowned out the Snow Geese.
----- Original Message -----
From: "reeser" <reeser...>
To: <PABIRDS...>
Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 12:08 AM
Subject: [PABIRDS] Middle Creek -- Frog Question -- Snow Geese, Tundra
Swans -- Lancaster County

> Beautiful sunny day at Middle Creek today Tuesday 2/27/18. The lake below
> the visitor center was covered with tundra swans and the field just above
> the lake between it and Willow Point was covered with snow geese. The
> geese just kept flying in until they covered the hilltop by about 4PM.
> Earlier some geese were at Willow Point on the grass just below the picnic
> tables, while there were more in a field across the water (not visible
> from the road), others were on the water and farther out. Tundra swans
> were on the water to the left of the trail to the Point.
> Also, I think there must have been tons of frogs on either side of the
> main road in shallow ponds making a lot of noise, almost like birds
> calling, not quite like the bell sound of tree frogs. Had not heard this
> before at Middle Creek. Does anyone know if it definitely was frogs?
> I saw someone had posted a video on youtube of Wood Frogs at Middle Creek
> from a couple years ago. What I heard sounded about like the video. Tried
> to get a look at what was making the noise, but was not successful from
> the road. The ponds were near Willow Point turn off heading toward the
> visitor center.
> Anyway, a beautiful day, would have liked to spent more time there. There
> were a number of people lined up in front of wherever the snow geese were
> with enormous optical equipment, many more than I recall seeing several
> years ago, but no buses and no traffic jams other than trying to park near
> Willow Point parking lot.
> Ellen
> <reeser...>
> Cumberland County, PA
Rudy Keller
Boyertown, PA
Berks County
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