Monday, April 14, 2008
The rain stopped and the ground was covered with a new layer of snow on Sunday morning. The spring sun melted it quickly but the air remained cold and windy. I went to a wooded area that offered some protection from the weather and was surprised to see how much snow was still packed on some of the trails. I was walking a new section of the trail and heard a sound I could not identify in the distance. It sounded like some machinery that was grinding repetitively.
As I approached a familiar section of the woods, I came across a vernal pool in an area where I had only seen marsh grasses in the fall. What a racket! I had never heard anything like this at 2:30 in the afternoon. I know virtually nothing about frogs and amphibians. The water was full of frogs (what kind??). I thought Spring Peepers were tree frogs, but I saw none out of the water. I have made a two minute video recording what I heard and saw today. There was more than one kind of frog sound.
Any help in identifying the occupants of this pond would be most welcome!
Thanks to Jennifer Schlick from A Passion for Nature for identifying the Spring Peepers and Wood Frogs heard on the video. She has recommended this site for learning more about various frog species in the north eastern part of North America. You can listen to their voices as well.