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Old Mar 25, 2014, 8:13 PM   #1
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Was out for Wood Frogs recently, continuing my "hunt" for local frogs caught in the act of singing. It's a fun challenge, and gives me an excuse to get totally muddy while enjoying some lush moist spring habitats.

Heard some low "quacking" calls in the midst of the abundant chorus frog song at a local park. Wood Frogs are small, but not as tiny as the chorus frogs. They are much shier, and appear much more aware of approaching humans. This one floated for a long time, watching me out of the corner of his eye, but would not sing.
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Spotted another one, surrounded by singing chorus frogs, but he too stayed silent as long as I stayed nearby.
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Finally crept up on a more cooperative Wood Frog. Notice that these frogs do not have throat pouches. Instead, they inflate skin on their backs for "amplification" purposes.
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Wood frogs only sing for about a week, then return to their woodland homes - often far from water.
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Upland Chorus Frogs sing for a month or more - here are a few views of some of these tiny (less than 1 inch long) members of the spring chorus.
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Was a little too late to catch the Pickerel Frogs singing (actually, they sound more like snoring than singing!). Had heard them at a nearby pond while in the midst of some heavy-duty trail maintenance. Returned a few days later, but frogs were silent, and eggs already laid. Oh well, maybe next year...
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Here's a feathered singer - our Eastern Phoebes are very vocal these early spring days, and have already begun nest construction.
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And one more early spring sight - the Eastern Comma and Mourning Cloak butterflies are out and active. These little butterflies overwinter as adults. It's amazing to me that such delicate-looking creatures can survive the cold and the abundant winter predators!
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Hope you enjoyed the "fruits" of my recent frog rambles, and that you'll share some comments and critique!
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I've never been able to creep up on frogs while they are 'singing'. Great pics...particularly those last two.

I'm curious as to what that appendage is that seems to be hanging from the left of the frog's head...or is that just a reflection ?

We have Boreal Chorus Frogs, which live in a small marsh, about 200-250 feet away from our house .

Sometime in late April or early May I expect to hear their wonderful chorus. Currently the snow is still about 4-5 feet high in my backyard.

Spring can't come soon enough.
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