Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Chorus Frogs

I took a hike today to find frogs. I not only wanted to see them, but I wanted to get to them at a time when they were chirping. Western Chorus Frogs are tiny little things, only about 1" to 1 1/2" long. And they blend in very well. But they make a wonderful sound that carries over quite a distance.

For example, can you spot the chorus frog in this picture. You can click on the image to enlarge it.

I made it easy for you by centering it.

Here's a closer look.
I spent about 45 min to an hour just waiting, listening and watching for these little fellas. They would chirp when I was a fair distance from them. As soon as I began moving in their general direction, they stopped. Finally I got close enough to where I thought if one started chirping, I could spot it. I really wanted to see it puffing it's throat out to call. I knew I was close, but for the life of me could not see it. Then finally it began to chirp.

Patience does have its rewards. Look at that air sack!

Here's a little sampling of how loud these little chirpers are.


"Ranger" Kim said...

I live next to the wetlands. It's great to come home to frogs singing!

Jenny said...

That was great! Thanks for sharing. They can make some noise for their size! (I shouldn't be surprised, so can a toddler...)

Wendy said...

Kim I would love that. How cool.

Jenny - Yes, I guess size really is no indication of how much noise one can make.