Brendhan. Your earlier post intrigued me, where you talked about many different creatures that inhabit your area, but I got busy reading other posts and forgot about what you posted, until you spoke again about Buffo toads. I suppose I could google it, but I have a lazy nature and learn so much better when the information is cited through a human, not internet jargon. LOL. So, tell me about the Buffo toad. I would be curious.
We have green tree frogs. They can change colour, from brown to brilliant green, incredible. They should be starting to begin their mating calls soon. They usually start around the third week of March and carry on for about two months. That is one of the most beautiful signs of spring that I cherish every year. The frogs....thousands of them....coming from the bush, ditches and swampy lands. I sit many times in the very cool evenings, usually a glass of wine in my hand, in the darkness, listening to the frogs. Then silence, I know that something has come their way to cause them to abruptly stop. Then slowly, one croaks, then a couple more, and then the entire forest is singing the beautiful frog notes.
And then there are the bullfrogs that live in the larger swamps. They are LOUD!!!! It is reminiscent of a cow bawling. Many times I have encountered these beasts. But actually never heard one until a few years ago. I thought for sure there was a cow in the neighbourhood. LOL.
When we were kids we would play and swim in a huge swamp (eeks!!!! The thought of that murky brown water, as children, no fear of any kind of thing that may lay in there awaiting). It makes me shudder now.
We would catch the bullfrog tadpoles. These were enormous. The body being about the size about 3/4 that of a golf ball. We would spend hours catching these critters, and then at the end of the day play time, release them back to the swamp. Oh, the days of my childhood, when life was simple. It was an adventure with my brothers and sisters.
My oldest daughter sent me an e-mail the other day, entitled "to all those kids that survived the 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s." I was in that group. Many times I want to pass these e-mails on to other forum members. I know many of us would love to hear some cool things, but I am worried that it may be overkill and maybe everyone else has already heard these little ditties that probably go all over the continent. So I just keep them in my e-mail folder, notes from my oldest gal. Here I went again, I am a rambler, but having an awesome day. Cindi