The night before leaving on a weeklong journey, I drove to a nearby wildlife refuge to see what the frogs and toads were up to, knowing full well that changes were in the making and the amphibian soundscape would likely be quite different upon my return. I didn’t plan on doing any recording — I just wanted to pay my respects to nature before leaving town. Little did I anticipate the wonderful mix of sounds I would stumble upon!
Stopping beside a large beaver pond, I noted that quite a number of Pickerel Frogs were snoring, so I decided to capture a soundscape featuring the chorus. To my delight, a lone American Toad soon began trilling from the other side of the pond and several Barred Owls started hooting from different locations way off in the distance. Wow! The addition of the toad and the owls elevated the chorus to a whole new level, producing a fantastic mix possessing a meditative quality…frog and toad “audio-haiku” at its best.
Frog and toad chorus. 1am, 26 May 2016, Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Area near Ithaca, New York. © Lang Elliott. Please play at low volume to simulate a natural listening experience.
What I truly appreciate about this soundscape is its extraordinary depth, with the different sound-objects originating from a variety of distances and directions. Especially delightful to me are the intimate water sounds (produced by small fish?), which inform the listener that the pond is only a few feet away.
Species in Chorus:
If you set the volume so that nothing is overwhelming your ear, you should be able to relax into a very pleasurable and soothing listening experience. I’m hopeful that this recording will transport you into nature and provide a taste of the magic to be found there. Please let me know what you think by leaving your reflections below.
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Lang Elliott, a nature author, speaker, cinematographer, sound recordist, photographer, and poet. Learn more about Lang and browse his premium pure nature recordings at Music of Nature.
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Wow! Such a rich natural environment – a world without humans….
True, although this human “witness” was standing their quietly, participating by listening.
Beautiful- thank you for recording and sharing this lovely place. I grew up on a farm in the East Coast of the USA and we had ponds all around the property- I remember so many nights of my childhood lying on the back of my horse as she grazed, just listening to these sounds. I’m living in southern Chile now, and winter is settling in, so the sounds this time of year are quite different. Thank you for this lovely little gift of appreciation and remembrance.
Southern Chile? How far south? Surely not Tierra del Fuego?
The sounds took me back to a time when my family had a cabin in Wisconsin we would go visit on summer vacation. At night, we would go down to the pier, sit, and hear the symphony of sounds on the lake….beautiful! Thank you for taking me back to that blessed time in my childhood……
You’re welcome Mary Pat!
Adore this and the other tracks on the sound sanctuary that I discovered. Pure balm for the soul!
Maya: I’m delighted to hear that you enjoy my recordings!
Thanks for posting this, Lang. Very nice!
Amazing! Thank you !
Mesmerizing and relaxing! Thank you very much for your work!
Glad to hear that you like it!
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