Singing Frogs Announce Spring

| 3/17/2009 10:13:00 AM

Hank Will and Mulefoot piglet.I believe that spring has arrived at my Osage, County Kansas farm. I walked the perimeter and ponds last evening when I got home from work. It was breezy, but not uncomfortably so. It took me a few minutes to notice, but it became quite clear when I crossed the big grassy waterway, that my walk was accompanied by a chorus of frogs singing their little hearts out, seemingly in celebration of spring. To be quite honest, I don’t know whether it is the frogs or the toads … but I am writing about frogs today.

My farm is blessed with a large and healthy population of frogs. We have bullfrogs in the draw pond and plains leopard frogs practically everywhere. They say we have crawfish frogs too, but I haven’t seen any that I know of. And then there are the gray tree frogs that appear from time to time, most usually on the ribs of the umbrella that shades the picnic table on the patio.  

Leopard Frog

I can’t tell you which frogs accompanied me on my walk last evening, but I can tell you that there is no sound quite like the sound of courting frogs to let you know that spring has finally come.


Gray Tree Frog

Hank Will_1
3/17/2009 1:27:49 PM

I adore the sound, Kathy. We don't have the peepers here as far as I can tell. We had them in Ohio and Pennsylvania though. As far as the 20th goes, I will try to have a campfire at the very least. Probably won't if it is raining real hard though. I need to get the pond dams seeded down between now and then too, if I can.

Kathy Turcotte
3/17/2009 1:04:24 PM

Hank - Isn't that sound music to your ears? I call them Spring peepers here and their melody has just begun in my valley! Just a few more days to you have any special plans for the first day of Spring? Kathy Musings from the Piney Woods

Hank Will_1
3/17/2009 12:10:37 PM

That's funny, Brenda. I totally spaced St. Patty's day. I might have worn a green tie.

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