We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Haha! Yup, the amphibian chorus is coming from the adjoining woods. I love 'em. They don't eat my raspberries, holly, and everything else I plant like the deer and rabbits, they don't bite me and transmit deadly diseases like the ticks and mosquitoes, they don't eat all my grapes and berries like the stupid birds that hang out here--they just sing to me. What great friends!
I live out in the woods of WNC. We have a small branch running through our property and, ten years ago after a forest fire, we had a dam built so we would have some firefighting water. It's a small pond, but the very next year, the frogs showed up. Thousands of them. Also, water snakes, kingfishers, and blue herons. We love to hear the frog serenade in the evening, but where did they all come from?
When I was a wee tyke staying at my grandparent's home in Framingham, they had a 33LP record from the Audubon Society called, "Voices in the Night" which we used to listen to repeatedly. A recitation of species by the narrator, followed by examples of the calls in nature. Eventually it would drive my grandmother nuts and she would place the record on a time-out. I think she had gotten it as a token gift from a donation.
Now in Texas, we have nearby wetlands and on the warm nights the peepers are already competing with the owls and the coyotes.
Years ago, we built a pond on our wooded property. Shortly thereafter, the frogs appeared and started singing as on the videos. Where did they come from??? Same question for the Kingfishers and Herons. How do they know?
The peepers and frogs have been busy in our adjoining lowland since early March. Really, just a couple of weeks after Freez-ama-geddon they started up. Between them, the barred owls, and the freight train whistles at the crossings a few miles away, we get a nice homey concert every night.
The peepers are peeping their heads off (not easy to do, when you don't have a neck) every mild night these days. Then we have the crickets, and finally the katydids, which to me are saying that summer will be ending soon.
The last couple of years there has been a Gray Tree Frog that hangs out during the day inside my folded-up patio umbrella. Looking it up, I was surprised that that was the best name that they could come up with for it. Kind of like the "Green Snake". Very informative, if you're color-blind.