[CT Birds] Likely OT: Hi-pitched nighttime single call--Bird, Toad or Frog?
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jaybrd49 at aol.com
Tue Apr 20 16:59:53 EDT 2010
To continue off-topic and also follow up on Twan's comments, all should note that spring peepers will call well into fall and even early winter if the temperature is mild. I will never forget the Barkhamsted CBC (I believe the date was December 27th) some years ago when I had an equal number of spring peepers and red-breasted nuthatches - 3 of each.
From: twan leenders <tleenders at ctaudubon.org>
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Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Likely OT: Hi-pitched nighttime single call--Bird, Toad or Frog?
While running the risk of getting too much off-topic, I do want to point out
that this time of year is peak amphibian breeding season for several species.
Contrary to what some people just posted, the nights are alive with frog calls
right now. Many places I visited after dark in the last few weeks still have
loud to occassionally deafening Spring Peeper choruses, while Wood Frogs,
Pickerel Frogs and American Toads are currently breeding (and calling - granted,
not all of these have a peep or trill-call), while occassionally you can head
Grey Tree Frogs as well. My point is that your call may very well be amphibian
at this time of year!
Full disclosure here: I'm a herpetologist by training and have been doing
research on amphibians for 20 years. BTW, if you'd like to see pictures of some
of my recent herpetological work in Costa Rica, or other pictures of the
tropical rainforest project that Frank Gallo and myself are involved, check out
the Connecticut Audubon Society blog (http://ctaudubon.blogspot.com) -- I had
just posted something on that earlier today!
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