Frog Chorus

It’s been a very dry spring here in northeast Kansas, one of the driest I can remember. Harland has been worried about our newly planted crops, our vegetable and flower beds have been suffering, the pond across the road went completely dry, and we watched in despair as it rained in other parts of the state and neighboring states. Then, as often happens in the midwest, it rained 5 inches…..all in one afternoon. When I left for work Wednesday morning the pond was dry, and when I came home from work it was bank full. Water had escaped streams and flooded out into the fields and now Harland talks of having to replant the flooded areas. But overall, it’s a great relief that the rain finally came. And especially so for the frogs who every year use the pond across the road from our house for breeding. It’s been a quiet spring without them. But once the pond filled, they wasted no time making their way to it. Emails, texts, and twitterings flew between them all over the neighborhood.

“The pond is full!  THE POND IS FULL!  Thank God Almighty, the pond is full!!”

They came by trains, trucks, and horsecarts. They even hitched rides. And by Wednesday evening, the same day as the rain, the sound coming from the pond was deafening. High decibel peeps and croaks filled the air – the unmistakable sound of unbridled froggy lust.


Ahh…. spring is officially here at last.



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19 Responses

  1. Alica says:

    It sounds like spring has been a problem all over…our spring has been SO wet. Jim was concerned that he might have to replant some corn as well…because the seed rotted before it could come up! We are thankful to be seeing green in the corn fields at last, although some areas are a bit sparse.

    Love the frogs! 🙂

  2. CreationsbyDina says:

    You can have our rain. We are flooded and farmers here have to re-plant or have not been able to get into the fields to plant. Our gardens are waiting for us too. The potatoes got washed out during a hail storm a couple of weeks ago and dad re-planted them.

  3. Eliza says:

    Peepers are always the first (and most welcomed) sign of Spring!

  4. Teresa says:

    So glad you got your rain. I’ve been blessed with a froggy chorus all spring.

  5. Laura says:

    we have a pond by our house also. i love having the bedroom windows open while I’m lulled to sleep by the froggy serenade.

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Laura,
      When I was a kid, we didn’t have air conditioning, and so I grew up listening to the froggy serenade every spring.

  6. Oh my! I absolutely LOVE and miss that sound. Heaven! You lucky, lucky duck. 🙂 I simply love falling asleep to that sound. Ahh.

  7. Dianna says:

    Does that sound ever bring back memories?! There was a pond beside our house when I was growing up; I fell asleep MANY nights listening to a frog chorus! Once the pastor’s daughter, Carol, spent the night with me (read more about her on my post this past Thursday). She couldn’t sleep because, to her, it sounded as though the frogs were saying “Ca-rol, Ca-rol”. Thanks for the memory!

  8. Doe of Mi. says:

    Oh, I just love the sound of those little peepers. Thank you.

  9. Becky says:

    Those critters can be noisy. There is a creek close to where we live and when it’s a warm evening, the frogs and crickets are just raising their voices. Almost deafening! We’ve had quite the wet weather here in OR. Now the big rivers, Columbia and Willamette, are rising to flood stage due to snow melt and rain. So we have our problems here as well. But enjoying spring weather when it appears. It’s been so iffy lately you can’t really plan what to wear. Just take a jacket with ya!

  10. Glyndalyn says:

    Love the frogs. Our neighbor has a pond and we here them.

  11. Tracey M says:

    Thank you for sharing the lovely frog chorus! We have a small pond near our house but it pales in comparison with the lovely sound on your video.

  12. “Froggy lust”..I love it…funny! What a beautiful little pond and I love the sound of froggies…it just makes me think of summer. I definitely recognize that sound…there is a pond at the end of our property. It belongs to our neighbor.

  13. Nanci says:

    Wish I had a few frogs in my city yard, but I have no pond. Grew up on a farm with a creek that was a home for frogs. I miss their chorus.

  14. Tina says:

    Nice! I love that sound and it does bring back memories but now I live in the big city…sigh. We have desert toads though that come once in awhile if there is alot of rain (read here huge floods)but I haven’t seen them in years. I envy you girls in the country!

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