another wildlife mystery - is anyone good at sound id?

WendyB(5A/MA)June 28, 2010

I've been hearing the most interesting wildlife noises at night. There seems to be a pair of these things talking to each other. One seems close by in my woods and it is answered by another one that sounds a few houses away.

This is a .wav file. quicktime or media player should open it.

DW_B0667.wav

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cloud_9(z5 CT)

Those are frogs (toads?). I have seen them, but haven't a name for you.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2010 at 11:04PM
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WendyB(5A/MA)

yeah, they do have a croakiness to them now that you mention it. I see tons of toads/frogs around here, so that is it for sure. Yet, they don't sound like any frogs/toads I've ever heard before. The ribbit is much longer than normal.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2010 at 11:08PM
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cloud_9(z5 CT)

I figured it out - Grey Treefrog

    Bookmark   June 29, 2010 at 10:59PM
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WendyB(5A/MA)

wow! I'm impressed. Found this you tube video of it and you nailed it. (although I was fine with "frog") :-)

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlO8ta3sR5M

    Bookmark   June 29, 2010 at 11:04PM
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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

Yes, gray tree frogs. They are amazing in that they can change color cells in their skin to help blend in with the trees. They are mottled, and
can change from a pale lichen green to white through various shades of gray to almost charcoal. When the males want to get the females' attention, besides calling, they quickly stretch out their back leg to expose a patch of bright yellow on their sides. My favorite amphibian! (though the wood frogs and peepers run close)

    Bookmark   June 29, 2010 at 11:50PM
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arbo_retum(z5 ,WinchstrMA)

i am only posting this because, as i was clicking to read your post, i wondered if it was what you were posting about.>> the strangest mammal noise i have ever heard here was 23 yrs ago after we first moved here and we heard this huge nighttime racket up in the trees. i seem to recall it was like raucous laughter. well, the neighbors heard it and came out to explain to us that it was possums!
best,
mindy

    Bookmark   July 1, 2010 at 4:06PM
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