There are two events that signal the start of the spring season for me. Both of them are musical and very green; the return of the spring peepers and a St. Patrick’s Day parade. This post is about the spring peepers, and my next post is about the largest neighborhood St. Patrick’s Day in the U.S.
What is a spring peeper?
It’s a small chorus frog that makes a musical call that sounds like bells. They come out in the spring. The little frog musicians blend in well with their surroundings. The groundhog’s shadow might tell us when spring starts. I wait and listen for the spring peepers. I was on a woods and wetlands trail yesterday listening and looking for the peepers. If I’m noisy or the trail is crowded, I won’t hear them. I was quiet and heard that sound, the sound of spring peepers.
Try as I might, I couldn’t find one on a tree or by the water to photograph. I took a photograph of this frog from inside the nature center by trail. The frog’s body is underwater and its head is peeping above. It looks small enough to be a spring peeper.
Here is the call of a spring peeper. Listen for one on your next walk in the woods or by wetlands.