Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 52

sunlight. Often the tadpoles join in
aggregations of 10 on a submerged
stick. Then there is a sudden flurry and
they separate, but in a few seconds they
gather together again, performing their
own watery tadpole ballet. In addition
to basking in the sun, perhaps they are
finding refuge from predators in a crowd
like flocks of birds do.
By May 20 a few of the larger tadpoles are developing back legs. I sit
close to the water and watch as the tadpoles continually surface to feed on the
detritus floating on the water, then submerge, each tadpole swirling the water
into a circle. I try counting the circles
to figure out how many tadpoles still
inhabit the pond, but the confusion of
circles quickly confuses me. Instead, I
settle back and enjoy the ambience of
the pond and surrounding woodland
having long ago learned to tune out
the occasional train whistle and the
constant traffic noise on Interstate 99
at the base of the ridge.
A mourning dove sings without
ceasing. Red-eyed vireos, eastern wood
pewees and a scarlet tanager frequently
add their songs to that of the doves.
Water striders skate along the water. A
common green darner dragonfly buzzes
over the pond.

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Then an American crow flies in like a
kamikaze fighter plane, veers when it
sees me, and silently retreats.
There are more days of rain and
again the pond overflows. The pond
water is so dark that I can’t glimpse
the tadpoles, but dozens of circles that
gradually subside as I sit in front of
the pond indicate their presence. Sitting beside the pond, a sudden nearby
gunshot startles the tadpoles as much
as it startles me. Not only do they have
sharp eyes, but sharp ears, too.
Near the end of May, I’m serenaded
by a robin and scolded by a hairy woodpecker while I sit beside the pond. I also
see a dark-eyed junco, which should
have been breeding farther north on
the Allegheny Front or beyond by now.
A black-and-white warbler sings. Chipmunks scold. Mosquitoes that probably
have hatched in the pond circle me
and force me to move on after I catch
a glimpse of a few more tadpoles with
back legs.
My vigil continues in June. By then,
I wonder if those tadpoles will ever
change into bandit-masked wood frogs.
On June 8 many heads pop up from
the water and stay up even though
most tadpoles still have tails. Two
male robins hold a song fest while a
female chases all comers to the pond as
her spotted youngster
bathes. Later a

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013

Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013
Contents
Another Doorstep
Whitetail Predation
Pymatuning and Conneaut
Grinnin’ a Gobbler
Want to Be a Successful Turkey Hunter?
One for Officer Grove
Pennsylvania Otters — A Success Story
Kestrel Numbers Climb at SGL 205
From the Field
Field Notes
Conservation News
Making a Difference
What Should I Be Doing This Month?
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Another Doorstep
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Whitetail Predation
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Pymatuning and Conneaut
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Grinnin’ a Gobbler
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Want to Be a Successful Turkey Hunter?
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - One for Officer Grove
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Pennsylvania Otters — A Success Story
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Kestrel Numbers Climb at SGL 205
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - From the Field
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Making a Difference
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - What Should I Be Doing This Month?
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - 62
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2013 - Crossings
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