Monday, May 3, 2010

Frogs & toads on the farm

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The chorus of frogs is distractingly loud! The sound on this video captures it quite well. It also documents how punchy we are... can that be tied to the frogs and their Spring fever?

Speaking of which, check out the copious eggs that result from all this vocalizing and flirting! Prior to last week's snows nights were filled with the clippity-clop sounds of the Mink frog and there were a good number of softball-like clumps of their eggs visible. Tonight the American toad (Bufo americanus) dominates the soundtrack... Speaking of tracks, how crazy are their strings of eggs (photo of our pond above)?

For more information, see this great poster of Vermont amphibians.

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