PEEPERS I hear em! 2014

ontheteam(5a-6 (S.Eastern, MA))April 2, 2014

It really might be Spring after all. I was outside potting up the donated "Tiny dino " Asiatic lillys that were donated for the plant sale and I heard em!

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Terrific!! I added it to the First spring peeper reports in New England FAQ. I'll go across the street tonight and listen to see if any peeps are coming from the pond down the hill.

Claire

    Bookmark   April 2, 2014 at 1:30PM
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mjc_molie(z6 CT)

Miss the peepers near my first house... LOVED their sounds, especially driving up our road near the wetlands. Their chorus would get louder and louder as my car got closer. One of nature's best sounds.

Molie

    Bookmark   April 2, 2014 at 1:59PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

I heard wood frogs today as I drove near the local marsh in Plymouth (Ellisville), MA Zone 6b with my windows down.
wood frog call

The peepers should call within a few days (none last night).

Claire

    Bookmark   April 3, 2014 at 3:04PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

And this is what a spring peeper looks like.

spring peeper call

Claire

This post was edited by claire on Thu, Apr 3, 14 at 15:16

    Bookmark   April 3, 2014 at 3:11PM
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diggerdee zone 6 CT

Ooh, I'll have to keep an ear out for them! Always fun to hear them that first night!

    Bookmark   April 3, 2014 at 3:44PM
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bebe_ct(6a)

Heard 'em on Yesterday in Westport, and then today in Redding. Love those little guys!!!

    Bookmark   April 3, 2014 at 5:52PM
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rockman50(6b SEMASS)

Claire: I heard them Sunday night, March 30th here in Dartmouth on the south coast. The heavy flooding rain really brought them out.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2014 at 7:30PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

FAQ updated.

None here yet, I just went out to listen.

Claire

    Bookmark   April 3, 2014 at 8:12PM
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diggingthedirt

I haven't heard them yet, but the ospreys are back!

For the first time (in known history) they are on the Cape Cod beaches along with the yearling snowy owls, who are gearing up to make the trek north. The ospreys object - strenuously! - to the snowy owls being on their beaches, and are harassing them mercilessly.

There are some great sequences of photos of the two species interacting - if I can remember where I saw this, I'll post a link.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2014 at 9:49PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

DtD: I can imagine the outrage the ospreys are showing at coming back and finding snowy owls flitting around their beaches. And the herring should be running soon which will annoy them even more if the owls take the fish!

I heard a few isolated peepers singing tonight here in Plymouth (Ellisville), MA Zone 6b. Nowhere near a full chorus but it's still better than silence. The night time temperature is around 40 degrees which I've read is important to little frogs.

Claire

    Bookmark   April 4, 2014 at 7:52PM
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gardenweed_z6a

Haven't heard peepers here yet but have enjoyed listening to a hoot owl each evening the past few weeks. Saw a bunny down in the backyard yesterday & the deer have been scoping out the garden beds in recent days. :-(

Finches are beginning to sing their spring notes and I watched a he mourning dove chase a she mourning dove around under one of my bird feeders the other day which made me grin.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2014 at 8:36PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

I went out to check for peepers tonight and I heard them from the porch! Not quite the full chorus but still lots of peepers singing (best heard from across the street).

It was a nice warm day today and I guess the chill is wearing off.

Claire

    Bookmark   April 5, 2014 at 8:11PM
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bebe_ct(6a)

Peepers in New Fairfield and Sherman today. :)

    Bookmark   April 6, 2014 at 7:20PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Added to FAQ.

Claire

    Bookmark   April 6, 2014 at 7:55PM
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diggerdee zone 6 CT

Peepers in Shelton CT tonight!

Unfortunately, there may be one less little frog in the world. I was driving home from work about 9pm, and as I passed the pond, I suddenly thought, ooh! I have to listen for peepers! I rolled down the window and listened, and heard nothing. Disappointed, I rolled the window back up and as I looked back up at the road there was a little frog hopping across my path! Yikes! I swerved - yes indeed, I swerved for a tiny frog - my DH would have killed me if he was in the car with me! - but not sure if I missed it, poor thing. Hopefully it was so tiny I missed it, but I swear it was right in the path of my left tire....

200 feet down the road I parked and got out and heard peepers! Couldn't for the life of me figure out why I didn't hear them near the pond, which is their usual hangout, but still I was glad to hear them, although my happiness was tempered by the thought of that poor little frog....

    Bookmark   April 7, 2014 at 9:55PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

FAQ updated.

Of course you swerved for a frog, Dee, it was the right thing to do! And we New Englanders have gotten good at swerving to avoid potholes this year, so your skills are probably excellent. You almost certainly missed it.

Claire

    Bookmark   April 8, 2014 at 9:45AM
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Thyme2dig NH Zone 5

I was excited to be at the Manchester, NH airport watching planes this evening and the peepers were out in force! Woo Hoo! Spring is here!!

    Bookmark   April 8, 2014 at 8:18PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

FAQ updated.

I'm picturing a line of peepers waiting to go through check-in at the airport.....

Claire

    Bookmark   April 8, 2014 at 8:28PM
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squirejohn zone4 VT

The wood frogs showed up this AM. Yesterday our pond was 90% ice covered and today 90% ice free. The peepers can't be too far behind.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 8:30AM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

Wood frogs on Earth Day, a good sign, squirejohn.
FAQ updated

Claire

    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 10:12AM
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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

I was out of town, but DH said that the peepers started on Wednesday or Thursday, 4/16 or 4/17. One of these days I want to get an instrument that measures decibels, since one of our larger wet spots is so loud that it is almost painful to be near.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 9:47PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

FAQ updated.

There were several articles on bostonglobe.com this morning about acceptable noise in restaurants. It would be interesting to know where your peepers fit into that spectrum.

Claire

    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 8:48AM
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defrost49

nhbabs, I think that was about the time I first started hearing them. The noise was faint but has increased in decibels. Now I can hear them as I drive near wet areas even with the windows closed.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2014 at 8:11AM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

defrost49's report added to FAQ.

Claire

    Bookmark   April 25, 2014 at 9:41AM
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squirejohn zone4 VT

Peepers today - finally!

    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 6:08PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

FAQ updated

Well, they sure took their own sweet time, squirejohn, but at least they're there and singing.

Claire

    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 7:59PM
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diggerdee zone 6 CT

Too funny last night. I was driving home from work, and rolled down the window at the usual spots to listen to the peepers. When I passed one usual spot, I swear there was one peeper - ONE. Just one. It sounded so weird and kind of silly, to just hear the one little guy. The other usual spots were hopping (no pun intended) but that one spot just had that one little peeper - with a big voice.

:)
Dee

    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 10:41PM
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