Friday, June 04, 2004

It's Not Always Burping

Burping aside, frogs have occasion to voice other calls. The ones most of us recognize are mating calls, yelled in the spirit of oogling construction workers, while others are more intimate. "Some frog species have aggressive calls made by males towards other males," writes Dr. Patricia Jones. "...some have release calls when one male needs to tell another male to let go (mating in frogs can be a bit hectic)."

Such is the way of all romance.

What amazes me when I listen to these calls is their familiar beauty -- even if the frog isn't native to my area, it sounds like it could be. The frog song is as essential to our soundscape as the insect and the bird and a good radio station.