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  •  Hi Dr. (8+ / 0-)

    You are pretty discerning if you can distinguish between two types of tree frogs by their chorus.  I lump frogs into two categories; bullfrogs and everything else.

    Kudos on picking up the two sparrows by ear. It all sounds like Springtime, hopefully.

    “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

    by 6412093 on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 05:10:10 PM PDT

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    •  Frogs by Sound (8+ / 0-)

      It is really not that hard to ID the frogs by sound. The MI DNR puts out a CD that you can use for training. The training files are available for the MI species here.  We have 9 of the 13 MI frog/toad species here at our place in the thumb of Michigan.  The difference between the leopard, and much rarer pickerel frog, is a challenge and I always review the CD before they appear. We do not always hear the pickerel. We have never encountered a bull frog here.

      As to sparrows in the spring, their ID is easiest by sound, but it takes some practice.  I am getting better with subsequent seasons, but I always have to review. I love the "bouncing ball" field sparrowsound.

      Just came home from a Township Board meeting and the chorus frogs are going crazy with the warm 50 F evening.

      The plural of anecdote is NOT data

      by Dr Arcadia on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 07:03:09 PM PDT

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