As I began my day with breakfast on the front deck, I noticed a lot of chirping and realized there was a flock of small birds nearby. Unfortunately, not quite near enough (even with binoculars) to see them clearly. I suspect they were goldfinches since I’ve seen a couple of them around lately.
Even as I was admiring them I heard the ruffed grouse drumming and the bluebirds trilling. Oh yeah, and the brown thrasher singing its varied repertoire. The wild turkeys are closer and calling every day, too.
I went to the vegetable garden to plant more beds and heard, once again, the bees buzzing loudly in the redbud tree.
Now, here’s the sound which has really intrigued me . . . A few nights ago, I heard it at dusk very close to the house. I went outside but it was getting too dark to see. Then I heard it at dusk again the next night. I thought to myself “a tree frog?” although I have no idea what they look like or if this was their sound. This morning I heard it again — so close.
I took a break from planting seeds and sat next to, and somewhat below, the little pool created next to the house. I had noticed the frogs were more active and gave the alarm call every time they saw me. Now I saw them come up from the bottom of the pool and just sit basking in the warmer air. Ooohhh. . . there’s that sound again . . . coming from the frog I was just watching. LOOK! He’s inflated the air sac and that’s who is making the mysterious sound!
I crept away — below his eye level — got to the house and retrieved my camera. Crept back again and got these photos. All day I’ve been hearing one or more of these guys calling out.
This afternoon I heard a new screech kind of sound — so close, so close. I waited and looked out the window over the pool. A minute later a large bird flew off from the deck above the pool. I believe it was a hawk since I heard its typical screeching call a bit later from the direction in which I’d seen it go.
What an amazing day for sounds and sights. This doesn’t even relate all the wonderful plants I saw coming up and beginning to create flower buds. I’ll have to post about those another time.
I wonder what more I will see and hear today? And what have you been hearing??