Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2011 18:07:06 EST
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From: Vicki DeLoach <VLDELOACH@AOL.COM>
Subject: more cranes, toads, bobcats - Cherokee Co.
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SANDHILL CRANES: We went over to Biello Park in Woodstock today to walk
and look for early butterflies. At 2:50pm over the roar of chorus frogs - I
commented that I thought for a second I heard cranes - faint, distant.
Moments later we heard them as they swirled and formed a large "V" to the
west - probably over I-575.
FROGS & TOADS: Upland Chorus Frogs were in a roar, and a few Spring
Peepers joined in occasionally. But off across the fields, behind the noise of
the frogs, I was sure I heard the whistling trill of ... toads! I've never
heard American Toads this early but it was their unmistakable trill. They
have such a beautiful call - and it's elusive and beautiful on the wind.
We headed in their direction and ended up in the middle of the trills ...
but could never find one. And there was a third, very strange, frog call
that piped up now and then. Almost sounded like someone trying to start a
motorcycle. It sounded more like a Northern Leopard Frog (which we aren't
supposed to have) than our S. Leopard Frogs (which I've heard many times).
If you've never gone out and listened to Georgia frogs, it's fascinating.
Their calls are as varied as bird calls - from trills to choruses to snores
to bleating like sheep.
BOBCATS: I checked our outdoor cam for the first time this winter, and it
had captured a Bobcat in the yard 4 times since December.
Vicki & Harry DeLoach
Bradshaw Farm/Cherokee Co.
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