Times and Places, Sights and Sounds

Back in Time. For Breakfast

On my Dr. Science agenda for the day is to get a recording, and from that, an identification for a vocal but unknown creek bank creature.

It would swear it is a frog, but so far, none of those in my memory bank or those from the USGS Frog Calls ID site are a match.

It is so unvarying and mono-tonal that I am pretty certain it is not a bird; and it is so loud  and chirping that it couldn’t be an insect.

So I’ll carry the Droid with me, and set my recording app to collect mp3 format, and then I’ll post it for some naturalist to recognize and enlighten me.

The image above is a grab shot from the Harvest Festival Saturday two weeks ago. I was pleased to have been quick enough on the draw to have snagged it.(Click for larger image at SmugMug.)

And by the way, I’m still searching for my misplaced (lost forever?) 8G Compact Flash card, but just remembered (hey, that’s encouraging!) I have a 1G card in the Nikon D70 I can use in a pinch. I’ll put off buying a replacement as long as I can.

UPDATE: I got the recording from the creek just a few minutes ago. And as I stood there with complete focus on the mystery creature, it dawned on me. Duh! It’s a spring peeper–a single solitary peeper, Pseudacris crucifer, so familiar from roadside puddles in April, but out of place from the banks of Goose Creek in September!

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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