I’d like to have a pic to show you of the little brown frog that has been calling loudly from the yard and pond all evening long. During a late dinner my husband asked me, “What bird is that?” and with the fans blowing and the rain, I couldn’t hear very much so I told him it must be a mockingbird. Ever curious, I stepped outside after dinner and knew it was no mockingbird! I went back in for the flashlight and searched around my neighbor’s fence because the sound seemed to be comng from that direction. I didn’t find anything and, of course, whatever it was went quiet as soon as I came out with the flashlight. A little while later it started calling again, but this time the sound seemed to be coming from the far back of the yard by the pond. I roamed around for a while with the mosquitos and eventually found this little brown frog with black markings calling from the rocks beside the pond. He’s not shy at all and continued to call while I held the flashlight by him.
Just off the top of my head I thought it might be a leopard frog, but the pictures and sound calls I found on the web don’t match. Nothing I found matches what this little guy looks/sounds like. Very frustrating! I know just how beginning birdwatchers feel. He’s pretty small; not much bigger than my fire-belly toads, if that’s any help. And he’s very loud and insistent. He hasn’t stopped calling at all, even when I let the dog out. I wonder if it could be a toad? Anyone know how to tell the difference? With all the rain we got today, I guess maybe amphibians are on the move. Can anyone take a guess what kind of frog I might have or suggest a website? From close-up, his call sounds sort of like the sound Carolina Wrens make in the fall, when they’re scurrying through the underbrush – as if that’s any help to you. 😉