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 loudÂ 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!