Not only are the daffodils finally opening, but we’ve seen some other sure signs of spring around here recently!
Luke’s raincoat is out, and true to my word we’ve been getting out walking even on some rainy days! One particular morning I was thrilled as we walked down our trail and heard the wood frogs croaking away. When I was a teenager, we always heard the spring peepers (also frogs) and my Mom took that as the first true sign of spring. To this day I listen for them every spring, and love their sweet song. However, when we built our last house and had some wet areas in the spring, we learned that there were other frogs that were a sign of spring as well. We actually call them “croakers” as their sound is far more what you would expect from a frog than the sweet singing of the peepers.
Now we listen for both wood frogs and spring peepers, and we usually find that the croakers are first to be heard. Both species of frogs make their homes in spring vernal pools (temporary pools of water that provide habitat for certain plants and animals). They are among the first amphibians to emerge for breeding in the spring, right when the snow melts. We are lucky to have many of these vernal pools on our property, and this year we’ve heard the wood frogs in one area, and then the peepers in another. When Luke and I took our rainy day walk last week, I decided to take a little video so you could hear the wood frogs if you never have before, or if you just enjoy hearing them like we do! Be sure to turn your volume up to hear them well!
What do you consider the first true sign of spring where you live? Do you have vocal frogs?