The weather for the end of March and the beginning of April certainly had its ups and downs or lows.
Attempts to photograph any frogs sitting around the neighbor's pond were thwarted daily by Clem and company.
A article titled "Egg Mass Identification in the Great Northern Forests" posted on www.oriannesociety.org provided some information.
First the site differentiated between frog and salamander eggs.
"..Frog = no gel surrounding entire mass, you can see the contour of each individual egg. Salamander = layer of gel surrounding the entire egg mass," the article said.
The article then mentioned that " Some Spotted Salamander egg masses are a grayish opaque color, which is caused by a genetic trait of the mother and is common in some areas."
However, the same post also said that wood frog eggs could also appear white.
Meanwhile other search results said the white masses may be unfertilized or nonviable frog eggs.
So the masses could be frog or salamander eggs or undeveloped spawn.
Attempts to get a recent photo of several salamanders or adult red-spotted newts seen this week were unsuccessful.
An article posted in late March on www.goerie.com written by Jerry McWilliams for the Erie Times-News stated "the warm south wind on Tuesday brought in a wave of raptors with more than 3,900 birds counted flying past the Presque Isle Hawk Watch at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. Most of those were turkey vultures all heading northeast along the Lake Erie shoreline."
While I didn't see that many turkey vultures, I managed to capture five patiently watching over a deceased opossum up the road. However, the road was too busy for them to swoop down and complete their cleanup duties.
What were previously thought to be eastern commas were correctly identified courtesy of the Butterflies and Moths of Pennsylvania Facebook page as gray commas.
Page administrator Curt Lehman explained, " the winter form of the Eastern Comma has a third dark spot on the hindwing where the Gray Comma has only two..."
I continued to try to obtain a good photo of a mourning cloak this year, but they have managed to evade my attempts so far.
That's just the nature of things 'round here.