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Old 03-13-2011, 09:20 PM
Location: Connecticut shoreline
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Every night lately when I go outside to walk my dog I hear a strange "metallic" sound coming through the trees... never heard it before... almost like a distant 'radio' but I really think it's an animal or bird or insect? Or frog? Any clues? It's nothing like any crickets I've ever heard. Anybody?
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Old 03-13-2011, 09:56 PM
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This time of years the frogs are just beginning to call. In early March, it's probably a cricket frog or a striped chorus frog. They can both be heard for quite a distance and both have calls that can be described as metallic.
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Old 03-14-2011, 05:15 AM
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Ahhhhh....signs of spring!!!
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Old 03-14-2011, 05:58 AM
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Yes, I was also going to suggest a tree frog, I'm not sure specifically what type, probably what willow wind is referring to.

I don't know what kind of sounds flying squirrels make, if any, but where I am in the Newtown area and we have flying squirrels. I know grey squirrels screech when alarmed, maybe flying squirrels make some kind of noise. The various cats in our neighborhood have killed several, I saw one for myself. Such beautiful, soft little creatures, like little grey squirrels only "flatter", and their tails are not as bushy.

We also have a lot of owls. The larger owls are very obvious, but the northern saw-whet owl one makes an unusual noise in the trees. It took me a long time to figure out what was making this sound, and we get 2-3 going at once. Apparently they make a "saw" sound when alarmed. This is their normal call:


The Northern Saw-whet Owl vocalises during the breeding season only (usually between March and May). They are silent at other times of the year. The primary courtship call is a monotonous, whistled "hoop", emitted at about 1.5 notes per second which may last for several hours without a break. Territorial calls are series of short clear notes. The Saw-whet Owl's name comes from the "skiew" call that is made when alarmed. This sound has a resemblance to the whetting of a saw. When the male flies to the nest with food it gives a rapid staccato burst of toots, and the female responds with a soft "swEE".
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Old 03-14-2011, 06:29 AM
Location: CT
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It's possible...

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Old 03-14-2011, 07:38 AM
Location: Connecticut shoreline
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Thank you all for for such brilliant info! Yes, welcome spring!!!!!
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Old 03-14-2011, 11:26 AM
Location: Farmington Valley, CT
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Could this be what you're hearing?


Originally from the midwest, I never heard these until I moved to Connecticut. I would hear these at night in the summer, whatever they are, but never figured out if they're bugs or frogs... (anyone know?) Kinda miss it actually. The video title says katydids, but the comments on YouTube are divided between those and frogs.
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Old 03-14-2011, 01:20 PM
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Yeah, those are katydids, they are real loud during the summer. I've heard some people call them "summer bugs". Sorry that I am forever providing links, but here's another one that has katydid sounds if you want to compare. It's too soon for katydids, though.

true katydid

Well, might as well keep sharing links! Here's what the "spring peeper", or one of the tree frogs sounds like. I am hearing them during the day now, it's the second frog on this link:


Or try the chorus frog here, that sounds metallic!

ADW: Frog Calls

Or how about the wood frog, if it was dark I think I'd run back inside if I heard this in a tree.


Connecticut Amphibians
If you are interested in enjoying this group of animals, the "kick off" season begins late winter/early spring. It is at this time the Spring Peepers and Wood Frogs begin their chorus...

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Old 03-14-2011, 02:40 PM
Location: Connecticut shoreline
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My family just gathered around the hearth (ha ha) of my computer, and listened to all the above species as recorded.

The winner? WOOD FROG!!!!!

Absolutely the sound we're hearing, only wilder, if you can picture hundreds (thousands?) singing slightly out of synch. Plus the photos of them prove they're the very same little fellas our dog goes CRAZY over when we walk her at night in the wooded field behind our house.

Again, a zillion thanks to all contributors who have now convinced us that martians haven't set up a tent in the woods nearby!

-- Siri
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:07 PM
Location: Fairfield County, CT
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Weird! I never heard the sound of a wood frog in my life! The only frogs I ever heard were the ones that sound like high pitched bird chirping on summer nights.
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