Friday, April 18, 2014

P is for Peeper Frogs

April 18, 2014

2014 A to Z Blog Challenge
A Rural Life
Day 16

P is for Peeper Frogs

We’re almost through the third week of the 2014 A to Z Blogging Challenge. Everything is going good on my end. I’m keeping up with the schedule. By now, day sixteen, the blogs are mostly written and I’ve even prescheduled tomorrow’s  post so we can go play, weather permitting.  

So thanks for coming with me this month and joining in the 2014 A to Z Blogging Challenge.

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What do you hear when you step outside after dark?

In the country, the sounds change with the seasons. Summer brings the sounds of noisy insects like cicadas and katydids, and the eerie bark of foxes. Autumn is the time when the little screech owls make their presence known as their calls join the rustling leaves. Winter’s sound is that of the cold wind whipping through the trees. And spring brings the chirping song of the tiny peeper frog.

It’s amazing such a tiny creature can create such a riotous cacophony of sound. They begin to sing as soon as whatever signal brings them out of their winter hibernation. One night, if you’re lucky, you’ll hear one or two crystal voices. Pause to enjoy it because the next time you hear the peepers, the sound will fill the night with such a din that identifying an individual voice is impossible.

In all my years I’ve not seen one of the nocturnal peepers. I don’t guess I ever will since I don’t plan to go out into the woods at night to locate their colony. (I'll leave that to the folks who took the picture.) But every year I step outside and listen because when the peepers sing, I know it is truly spring.

(This year I first heard them on April 11th. Spring is here!)
 
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5 comments:

Rebekah Loper said...

Tree frogs had made an appearance here sometime mid-March, and I do remember standing out on my porch one evening and thinking "Huh. Guess spring is on its way, finally!"

Now, we've had several frosts since then, and I'm still not sure we're done having frosts yet, but the plants and the wildlife seem to have said "Screw winter!" so far, and are finally going about their springtime things. It's encouraging to see!

Julia Matthews said...

I didn't know they were so small. They are cute little thing, to be a frog.

KC Kendricks said...

Our weather is still pretty chilly overnight, but it's getting there. The peepers have been quiet for a few nights. They probably went back underground. But they'll be back!

For frogs, they are sort of cute. Kinda admire the princess for being brave enough to kiss one. ewwwww.

Rob Z Tobor said...

Passing on my journeys up and down the A to Z list glad to see all is well. Good luck, I will say you have a rather diverse blog.

Rob Z Tobor

KC Kendricks said...

Thanks for stopping by, Rob. I'm a person of diverse interests and talents. I enjoy sharing a small portion of them here at Between the Keys.