The Sounds of Spring

Woodcock by  Jonathan Pointer

Woodcock by Jonathan Pointer

Tonight after sunset we walked out onto the prairie and found ourselves surrounded by at least a dozen male Woodcocks performing their mating ritual. After calling from the ground for for several minutes they launch themselves into the air to give an ecstatic zig-zag aerial display. It is a rare treat!

At the same time all the tiny ponds and puddles around us were filled with the intense spring mating calls of Spring Peepers; a tiny frog.

High overheard we heard flocks of Snow Geese honking as they flew north.

These sounds let me know Spring is here.

Click here to see a video on YouTube gives you a sense of what I’m talking about.


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