Mississippi Watersnake

To Inver Grove Heights. While Lida practiced beach volleyball, I explored the nearby Mississippi River, visiting the Rock Island Swing Bridge city park. What's left of the bridge for which the park is named resembles an ocean pier more than a bridge. It no longer spans the entire river but extends nearly to the center and provides an excellent view.

I'd hoped to see more clubtail dragonflies, perhaps even a species or two not found along the Cannon River. However, during the hour at the park, I found only two dragonflies: the first a teneral that flew from the water's edge and was immediately captured out of the air by a bird; the second was a Cobra Clubtail near the edge of the parking lot.

Unexpectedly, the most interesting encounters were with a snake and a frog. The snake was a young Northern Watersnake swimming in the water at the edge of the river. When I approached for a closer photo the snake dove to the bottom and entangled itself at the base of a weed. The frog, found at a safe distance down the shore from the snake, was a Blanchard's Cricket Frog. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources lists this species as endangered in Minnesota and mentions only two currently known breeding populations, so this was an exciting find.

Publicado por scottking scottking, 08 de junio de 2017

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Cardo de Almizcle (Carduus nutans)

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scottking

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Junio 7, 2017 09:01 AM CDT

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Musk Thistle
Swing Bridge Park
Inver Grove Park, Minnesota

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Serpiente de Agua del Norte (Nerodia sipedon)

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scottking

Fecha

Junio 7, 2017 09:15 AM CDT

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Northern Water Snake
Swing Bridge Park
Inver Grove Park, Minnesota

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Rana Grillo del Noreste (Acris blanchardi)

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scottking

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Junio 2017

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Cricket Frog
Dakota County
Minnesota

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scottking

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Junio 7, 2017 09:49 AM CDT

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Cobra Clubtail, female
Swing Bridge Park
Inver Grove Park, Minnesota

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