Have you heard the frog calls that sound like ducks quacking quietly from the vernal pools?
Wood frog calls sound like ducks quacking, but their calls lack the volume of the cacophonous peeping of spring peepers.
Here is a photo of a wood frog as it keeps an eye on me while I visit a vernal pool...
They will, however, slowly float over to see who came to visit them if you hold still long enough.
Wood frogs call from the surface of the water. When they croak, a circle of waves spreads out from each frog. Here is a photo of a wood frog and the spreading ripples immediately after the frog said, "quack".
Yellow-spotted Salamanders. I should say,
the wood frogs have been doing a good bit of croaking and quacking, but the
salamanders are always quiet about their visits.
I suppose it's hard to watch and listen to croaking wood frogs with still images and no audio, so check out my next post... I'll post some video of wood frogs quacking from the vernal pool.