Toad-tally croaky duet at a hop to celebrate spring


We certainly have signs of spring sh0wing.  Brunfelsia is starting its Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow act which will probably stretch to Last Month, This Month, and the Month After.WP_20170912_15_04_57_Pro

 

While some of the indigenous plants are determined not to be outdone.

Then we have some of the toad-till population doing some singing to sweethearts round our pond at night.  I sneaked up on this one and got him in a flash!

This toad was one of those making up the croaky chorus to spring, but they all declined to sing on camera.

This is the sound on the YouTube below, from inside the house. The video is black because if the flash is on they keep silent. Strangely enough, although the sound may seem deafening at first,  it can become quite soporific.

Owlingly funny talepiece

September 2017 Colonialist
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24 Responses to Toad-tally croaky duet at a hop to celebrate spring

  1. Your toads audio like soul went wild on a truckload of woodblocks. It was form of cool because a man made audio that loud would happy chance the ear drums…our froggies just … I wear’t recognise how to say it…filled up my ears with so much audio my very being thrummed with them.

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  2. TechEbook says:

    It was kind of cool because a human race made strait that loud would jailbreak the auricle drums…our froggies just … I wear’t hump how to enjoin it…filled up my auricles with so much strait my very being thrummed with them.
    Your toads strait like soul went unbalanced on a truckload of woodblocks.

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  3. dunelight says:

    Somewhere I have some Spring Peepers videos…they are much higher in pitch. You know it is spring when they are screaming in the swampy end of the lakes.

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    • colonialist says:

      Those are more froggy than toady, methinks! Some frogs tweet like little birds.

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      • dunelight says:

        Oh. I’m an idiot. HUGE difference between them. In the Spring I’d go down to the edge of the wetlands and the din was deafening. It was kind of cool because a man made sound that loud would break the ear drums…our froggies just … I don’t know how to say it…filled up my ears with so much sound my very being thrummed with them. It’s a cool experience.

        Your toads sound like someone went crazy on a truckload of woodblocks.

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  4. I’m enjoying going into spring. It’s been hotter than most years at this time of the year, but I’m not complaining. The neighbourhood has been so nice-smelling with the Yesterday Today and Tomorrows.

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  5. We love the sound of the toads, Col, they make us Zen 😀 Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend 🙂 ❤

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  6. Love the croaking chorus from ‘The Frogs of Aristophanes’. 🙂

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  7. toutparmoi says:

    Toadily blown away by their song…

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  8. Daardie arme padda lyk smoorverlief.

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  9. Rip says:

    That’s a strange YTD in your first picture. 🙂

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  10. Stephanie Haahjem says:

    Love the croaks! Up here we have crickets, which, when they start to chirp , are SO loud, but soon blend into a beautiful nocturne!

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    • colonialist says:

      We had a particularly loud one of those in Dargle when we were living there. I wrote then that he played the Sonata for Solo Cricket by the famous composer Rubbinyorlegski, but the rendition went flat when I found him under the headboard.

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  11. de Wets Wild says:

    I love a frog symphony at night – I can never understand why some people find it so excruciating?

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    • colonialist says:

      It is a bit overbearing when right under one’s window, but even then one gets used to it!
      It is all in the mindset, I suppose. What is a great indication of a healthy ecosystem to some is a ghastly racket to others.

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  12. The plant Yesterday Today & Tomorrow is used by the University of Wollongong for their Body Donor program.
    They’re probably wondering where I am, I’ve been registered for some years, and there probably wont be much left for them to chop up and bottle when they get me. But it’s an appropriate symbol I think.
    I did a post may years ago and it had a picture of the YTT bush that we had growing in our back garden when we lived up on the beaches, but over time the picture disappeared.:(

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