For the past three years or so, I’ve been hearing an unusual bird singing from somewhere near the edge of the woods behind our house. I have heard it in various places in the yard and across the street as well. I have yet to see this mysterious bird that I have dubbed the Frog-Bird.
You’re probably wondering why I refer to this bird as the Frog-Bird. It’s simple- when it sings, it croaks like a frog and tweets like a bird. It sounds something like this- croak, croak, croak, tweet, tweet, tweet. I have searched online birding sites, googled “bird that sounds like a frog” and cannot find a similar sounding bird or anyone else who has heard one. It’s very good at hiding because I’ve heard it many times over the past few years, but have been unable to locate it. I’m convinced it’s a bird rather than a frog because it tweets after it croaks.
I’d love to know if anyone else has ever heard a bird like this one and what kind it might be. It could be another bird, such as a Catbird, mimicking other sounds, but it’s the same song each time, so I’ve pretty much ruled that out. In the mean time, I will keep listening for and searching out the elusive Frog-Bird.
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Until recently, when someone spoke of Robins, I pictured a mid-sized songbird, grayish-brown in color with an orange-red breast and belly. It wasn’t until I started following other “birders” on Instagram that I found out there is another Robin in the world. This not-so-new Robin is the European Robin! American Robins are actually named after the European Robin because of their red breast, and while both are part of the Thrush family, they are not closely related.
(Photo of European Robin courtesy of Wikipedia; American Robin- Karen Hance)
At first glance, how could squirrels be anything but cute & fuzzy? With their bushy tails, cute little noses, big black eyes, and those little paws- picking up and holding food in an almost human-like manner- who wouldn’t see them and instantly fall in love? To watch their acrobatic antics as they chase one another around the yard, scurrying up trees and across fences, branches and wires is just plain cuteness overload.
While I had hoped to awaken to bright sunshine, warmer temperatures and the sound of singing birds, it seems that Mother Nature had other plans for me. What I saw instead was four inches of freshly fallen snow on the ground, snow covered trees and a beautiful snow, still falling- as if being in a freshly shaken snow globe. There was quite a flurry of activity at my bird feeders, however, the birds were more interested in eating than singing.
As much as I dislike the snow and cold weather, I couldn’t help but see the beauty that nature had provided me this morning. As I watched the birds (Goldfinches, Cardinals, House Finches and Black Eyed Juncos) fly back and forth from the feeders to nearby trees, I caught sight of three bright red male Cardinals perched ever so perfectly in my River Birch tree. What a sight to behold! It was as if they had posed there just for me to snap their picture.
The picture quality isn’t as good as I had hoped it would be because I took it thru my window and from quite a distance away. I can’t wait to get my new camera and start shooting quality images! I’m excited to see what tomorrow will bring as well.