American Toads Sing The Song Of Spring!
By Rachelle Siegrist
There are those times in your life when you do things right, like being in the right place, at the right time, and we managed to do just that one day this past week, with kayaking a nearby creek. With brilliantly clear blue skies above, we excitedly climbed into our kayaks and started paddling upstream. Within minutes, we started hearing toads singing, and suddenly we found ourselves in the midst of the most wonderful concert of nature, performed by hundreds of singing American Toads!
I absolutely love to hear frogs and toads sing, so I was instantly in heaven and filled with delight, while continually telling Wes “Wow . . . This is amazing!” Everywhere we looked there were toads, and lots of them, in assorted colors and sizes. Some were yellow or more orange, while others were copper and looked like they were made out of metal, while yet others were a drab brown or dark green. As our kayaks skirted the curving shoreline, we noticed that they were sitting on rocks, clumps of moss and the muddy banks that hem in the stream.
It seemed that on every rock in the middle of the river sat a cute little toad, king or queen of its personal stone mountain, obviously a perfect place for belting out its song. They were swimming too, perhaps not the most graceful swimmers of all time, but nonetheless, fun to watch as they “swam like a frog” perfectly through the crystal clear water.
The serenade continued as we sat on a big rock in a nice warm sunny spot and enjoyed our supper whilst watching fish swim below our stone perch, and it continued as we paddled back afterward, mixing with the sounds of the wind blowing through the pines on the surrounding hillsides.
I was so mesmerized and transfixed with the hundreds of toads, that I nearly paddled right into this beautiful Banded Watersnake, who was obviously there for the free buffet!
I really enjoyed watching one fellow in particular, who surely was the Pavarotti of the toad world, as he inflated his pouch and bellowed out a magnificent song that filled the air and mingled with the songs of other toads nearby! For three gloriously relaxing hours, we paddled along whilst enjoying this amazing song of spring! I’ve put together a short video of this delightful experience, so you too can enjoy it!
Click on the photo below to see the video and make sure you can hear it!
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I finished my painting commission this past week, of a collector friend’s dog named Tucker. He is totally adorable and I had such fun painting him and capturing his expressions of joy! Our collector so wishes I could meet Tucker . . . and so do I, as I know I would love him!
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Until next time . . .