Dream of Spring

Beaver Pond

As temperatures plummet here in upstate New York (currently 14F and heading for below zero this weekend), I cannot help but dream of spring. Yesterday I stumbled upon a dawn chorus from May 31 in 2013, recorded at a beaver pond not far from where I live. Somehow it had escaped my notice. But when I listened to it, I was struck by its inherent beauty, by the sweetly balanced mix of frog and bird sounds as dawn unfolds …

American Toad Mating Frenzy

American Toad - Mating Frenzy featured image © Lang Elliott

Warm spring weather has lured the American Toads into their breeding ponds and pools. Males grab at anything that moves and often clump together in a mass around single females. Amplexus pairs sink to the bottom, and females begin laying their long strings of eggs. What an amazing spring mating ritual!

Pickerel Frog Snoring

Pickerel Frog Snoring - featured image

Enjoy this brief video of a snoring Pickerel Frog, that I made way back in 2009 when I first started dabbling in nature videography. Not bad, considering …

Pickerel Frogs – Hydrophone Surprise

Pickerel Frog © Lang Elliott

Tonight I used my hydrophones to record underwater sounds of Spring Peepers in our backyard pond. To my complete surprise and disbelief, there was quite a bit more going on than just the peeping of the peepers. which is all I could hear above water. There were loud snoring sounds, and a variety of chucking and stuttering calls. Oh my gosh … these are the calls of Pickerel Frogs! How could this be? None of these sounds were audible to me if I took off the headphones and listened to only the airborne sounds.

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