early June 2019: Treefrog on a shaky branch, and a lonely toad

By early June in northeast Ohio the Gray Treefrog singing was still going strong on warm and moist nights.

Here is a Gray Treefrog that picked an unstable perch to sing his song. Watch how his singing causes his whole body and the cattail leaf he is perched on to bounce around:

Although there was a bout of American Toad breeding in May, an occasional male toad has attempted to attract a mate. Here is a lonely American Toad singing his song in early June:

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April 2019: Wood Ducks in a small woodland pond

I set up a Browning Trail Camera in a small pond in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. When I retrieved the camera and checked the card, I was pleased to see these videos of a male and female Wood Duck. Most of the time they were swimming back and forth in the pond. Near the end of the video, there is a clip where the female appears to have wet leaves on her back. Does anyone know whether this is an accident, or if she is carrying it on her back for a reason?



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May 2019: Calling American Toads

A male American Toad (Bufo americanus) rests between calls with his vocal sac deflated.
American Toad

The same male calls with his vocal sac inflated:
Calling male toad

A pair of mating American Toads in amplexus. The male clings to the back of the female and fertilizes the eggs as she lays them.
Amplexing toads

These two male American Toads seemed to think my camera was a rival. They approached the camera while singing, possibly to chase it away from the breeding site.

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April 2019: the call of the Midland Chorus Frog

The trilling call of the Midland Chorus Frog is often likened to the sound made when you run your thumb over the teeth of a comb. This video from April 2019 gives you a chance to enjoy the call:

Male midland chorus frogs put a lot of effort into their song. The sound is produced when they force air out of their lungs and over their vocal chords.

Here a male rests between calls with his vocal sac deflated:
Calling Male Midland Chorus Frog

Now his vocal sac reaches peak inflation as he calls:
Calling Male Midland Chorus Frog

Two male chorus frogs face off as they battle for the attention of females:
Two male Midland Chorus Frogs

Midland Chorus frogs typically have distinct stripes down their back:
back pattern on Midland Chorus Frog

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Singing Gray Treefrogs: May 2019

A few photos and videos of singing Gray Treefrogs observed in Cuyahoga County, Ohio in May 2019.

A Gray Treefrog sings from a perch on a tree hanging over a pond.
Gray Treefrog singing from tree

And here is a video of the male calling from a tree:

One male Gray Treefrog chases another male out of his territory. The dominant male is on the left, and the retreating male is on the right of the photo.
Treefrog chases a rival

Despite their name, Gray Treefrogs often have a green color. Here, the green color of a calling male Gray Treefrog contrasts with the tan color of the dead cattail branches he is perching on.
Gray Treefrog calling from dead cattail leaves.

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