Monday, March 16, 2009
It's really here...I know it is true.
Spring is here and I believe it with all my heart. As I am writing this post, I am listening to the beautiful chirping of the millions of frogs coming back to life.
We live in a newer subdivision and it sits on some old farm land. They created a beautiful pond but didn't stock it with fish until last year. So as you can guess, we have an over abundance of frogs and toads.
Last year the kids would pull buckets full of frogs and toads out of the window wells and every other place they could find them. They always had contests to see how many they could find, and let me tell you, when you added every one's together it amounted to over 100 a few times.
As the season progresses we get some huge...and I mean enormous bull frogs. Maggie thinks they are the neatest thing because she gets to chase them around. She won't hurt them but does like to nibble on...well you know...when they are no longer alive from an unfortunate run in with the cars as they cross the street. (Disgusting I know)
Several of the neighbors have in ground pools and find new visitors every morning. Mac and Hannah have created a new career, pulling the frogs from the pools for our friends. This is one of their favorite past times because they get to swim a little while on the job.
Since some of the lots are still undeveloped there are areas of standing water, so much so we call it our own little pond. There the frogs are procreating away and having themselves a good ole love fest.
I have to say I really don't want the lots developed, because they offered us years of fun and opportunities to explore the mud and wildlife.
We now have three large cranes that call our pond their second home and I think they will help thin out the population of frogs just a little...which is not a bad things. You see I love the faint chirping now, but soon it will turn into an all out rock and roll jam session making it difficult to sleep.
When you sit down and think about it, I guess I have more facts to substantiate my theory that spring is here. The frogs are alive with music, the finches and sparrows are building more nests in my pergola, the robins are back digging up bugs, and the cranes have returned. Yahoooo!
Just wanted to share this little bit of happiness with you. Spring is here and it is time to come out of our hibernation...just like the frogs. Everyone start chirping!
PS..I had to borrow some pictures from flickr to show you the cranes. I am not sure if they are whooping cranes or sand cranes, but I think I have figured out they are all female. How do I know..well as usual the females are a boring grey color while the men have all the neat red detailing. Chalk it up to evolution.