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An unidentified frog already [Apr. 11th, 2006|08:11 pm]
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Figures. Only my third time out frogwatching and I've already heard a frog I can't identify. I'm in MA; there's a relatively short list of frogs in my state and none of the calls on the Frogwatch site quite match it.

It's a mid-pitched, "Gurk gurk! Gurk gurk!"

Rather ordinary-sounding, but I can't seem to find it.

I suspect it's one of the frogs listed, but making a call that's a variation of the calls on the recordings. If so, I can't guess which one. Or it could be another animal altogether, but it sounds very much like a frog.
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From: wzetterberg
2006-04-19 04:05 am (UTC)
Although I can't say for sure, it sounds to me like a release call of an American toad. They will make this call to alert another male that he has grasped a male rather than a female. Were there toads calling when you heard the call?
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-05-06 09:41 pm (UTC)
i believe the toad person.
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[User Picture]From: hai_kah_uhk
2006-05-06 10:16 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I completely forgot to answer this earlier.

I didn't hear any toads at the time - just spring peepers, but they were creating such a cacophany that I might have missed some. Especially calls with a similar pitch. American toads have kind of a high trill, right? Because the sound file on the frogwatch website doesn't work very well, I've looked elsewhere for American toad calls and I'm not sure the ones I found were very good. So I might be hearing toads and just don't know it.

Since then I've heard wood frogs at that same site, and possibly grey tree frogs, but I'm not so sure about those because they get lost in the peepers.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-05-06 09:40 pm (UTC)
good luck with it
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[User Picture]From: hai_kah_uhk
2006-05-06 10:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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