Probably an escape---growing on the banks of a swampy area.
I don't know what the other bird is.
-Pretty abundant at start of trail
-Small in size
-Some sort of toad
-Pretty large compared to toads I normally see
Growing in a small patch, 4 foot tall plants.
Habitat: Floodplain near Raccoon Creek.
Tiny coral fungus that grows in the algae on decaying logs.
New leaves unfurling.
Brownish yellowish horsetails, about 6-10 inches tall.