Q: What makes a weird sound like THIS ?
(There's a spring peeper here too, but listen to the LOUD sound that comes by three times)
A: A beautiful little pickerel frog!
He was hard to find hidden on the shore under a clump of moss, but he just couldn't keep quiet,
so I was able to track him down and shoot.
Click here for a video of a pickerel frog in action, at Herpnet's YouTube channel.
Thanks to Leo Kenney of vernalpool.org for the quick and expert analysis of the recorded sound,
before I knew what it was. This is a brand new frog in this neighborhood, never seen or heard in
the 8 years I have been here.
Here's a question for an expert out there: Why does this frog look brownish in the first picture
(above, taken at night), and greenish in the next picture (below, in daylight)? It's the same frog.
I'm hoping this little guy finds a mate and gets some tadpoles installed in the pond, before he becomes
dinner for one of the bullfrogs or snappers or herons that are his new hungry mates in this pond's
very active food chain.
The pickerel frog is species #6 of the frogs in this pond:
Look at the enlargement below, then Google "pickerel thumbs" for something interesting about
what's in the circle.