Spring is here in Maryland

Jim McKenney jimmckenney@starpower.net
Mon, 07 Mar 2005 18:58:54 PST
I heard the first spring peeper of the year this evening: that for me is the 
real sign that spring is here! Of all the signs of spring, this to me is the 
most moving.

For those of you who don't know spring peepers, they are tiny (almond sized) 
frogs. They gather in sometimes enormous numbers in temporary rain pools to 
breed in late winter and early spring. The males have an amazingly piercing 
call: alone, one sounds like a shrill whistle ( actually, a lot like a 
sopranino recorder); in a group they sound just like sleigh bells!

Here's a site which gives the sound:


Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where the return of cold 
weather is predicted for tomorrow. 

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