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The roar of a treefrog chorus

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006 at 1:28 pm in Amphibians, Pacific treefrogs, Wildlife.

I stuck my head out the back door just before going to bed at 10 p.m. on Monday night (Jan. 2).

The rain had finally stopped and it was almost frosty cold, turning my breath into a lovely piece of art. But the most beautiful thing of all was the thunderous, eardrum shattering ROAR of a Pacific treefrog chorus, bursting with life from somewhere in the depths of my backyard.

Amazing that such a noisy love for life can exist deep inside tiny amphibians the size of a quarter.

I stuck my head out the back door again, just before going to work at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning (Jan. 3).

As I slid open the door, a BLAST of treefrog song shoved me back into the kitchen, slipping past me to knock both cats off the back of the couch from where they were sleeping. They’d been singing all night! Such energy!

I stepped out onto the back deck, raised my arms and clapped my hands together loudly, just once. And there was instant silence.

Wow, I never directed a treefrog symphony before.

Happy New Year!

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One Response to “The roar of a treefrog chorus”

  1. Terry Blair Says:

    We live next to a small golf course and can hear the frogs at the water hazard aka the pond. We find them delightful, especially when they really crank it up in the spring. We also have a few in our backyard who are attracted to the fountain. I use a pond algae cleaner that supposedly doesn’t harm animals but sometimes I use a very small amount of the chlorine I use in the hot tub when the algae really gets out of hand. Because of the winter rains, it can be difficult to drain and scrub the fountain which I do in the warmer months. I don’t want to leave it drained during the winter because the birds really love it. The few frogs don’t seem to be harmed so far but I’m afraid the spa has become a worse hazard for them. Despite the cover, I had to scoop a little cooked fellow out the other day. I felt badly. They are so tiny and so amazing. I enjoy the spa for my achy body but I wish the little guys would stay out. Any ideas on keeping them away?

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