Friday, 19 April 2013

Tree frogs and wood frogs are singing in the wetland

tree frog
tree frog
First were the spring peepers a few days ago.
Next, I heard the tree frogs. You cannot see them as they are clustered down by the wetland and in frogpond singing for love!
(These frogs I photographed last summer and fall.) They hang out at the house in summer, getting into plants and into my mailbox, once mating season is over.
They change colour, too!

Wood frog
I'd been digging in the garden, then went for a forest walk.

The tree frogs - their pitch is very high.
The frog pond this week, melting and teeming with life;
a few tadpoles, many spiders, and birds.
The wood frogs sound more like chickens clucking! You can hear both on the video.

As I approached both the pond and the wetland, the tree frogs seemed to settle after I paused. The wood frogs, floating on the surface of the water, were pretty shy. They wouldn't start
water strider dances on the pond
singing for 10 minutes. It was a bit of a lesson in failure, as I couldn't get close at all.

The water striders are running about.

This spider was dancing on the water surface
There is much to eat. No sign of mosquito larvae yet. It was a beautiful day at the frog pond, in the wetland.

Wood Frogs are singing from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
I took a walk down to the blog. You can hear the chirping of the wood frogs as well as the higher pitched tree frogs.


Judy said...

I heard the frogs singing, as we were on our way home from free admission evening at the Museum of Nature!!! It was such a wonderful day with my sweetie!!!

DeniseinVA said...

I enjoyed this post about the frogs Jenn, and the video. Thank you and have a great weekend!

Kay L. Davies said...

How wonderful, Jenn. The wood frogs do sound like a herd of small chickens! And the occasional peep of the tree frogs is so sweet.
A lovely post, and I really enjoyed the video. You tried so hard to be quiet, I know.

eileeninmd said...

I love hearing the sounds of the frogs. Great shots!

Red said...

I hope lots of people check your blog to find out about frogs. Frogs are so common yet people know so little about them.

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! I enjoyed your post. Thank you for sharing.