We have had an unusually wet spring, even for us. Our area is known for its considerable amount of moisture. If it doesnít rain for five days, we say we are in a severe drought. Well, thereís no drought around here this spring and all that rain has brought on mobs and mobs of frogs and something else I never noticed before, frog songs.
Okay, okay, as far as I know they could be toads. But, that doesnít sound as good for a title, Song Of The Toad or The Toad Song. Lee did research and said you could tell the difference between toads and frogs and he said we had both crowding on the outside and the inside of the barn. There was something about the difference in their ears, their toes, and one has a small tail. Personally, I am not going to get close enough to check their ears, toes, and tails. They arenít that cute, but their songs are something else. They can sound as pretty as any singing bird. Itís amazing. They will even harmonize and will sing all day and all night.
We keep baby monitors on down at the barn and up at the house and the singing of those frogs or toads is beautiful. We get to hear them continuously and Iím listening to a solo performance right now. Because spring seems to be their breeding season, they do a lot of singing to hopefully attract a true love. With all the deep very large puddles we have all around the barn, all of them chock full of frog/toad eggs and tadpoles, Iíd say those frog/toads have met a lot of true loves. So, that singing is paying off.
If you go inside the barn, you have to be very careful to not step on a frog/toad. They are happily hopping around in there, not a bit afraid of you, or the dogs, cats, or goats, because they are on a mission, a mission to sing and find true love. The same goes for outside, of the barn. All of us are having to be very careful to tip toe around. Why they think our barn would hold the most beautiful or handsome frogs/toads, I donít know.
We have so many frog/toads hanging around both inside and outside the barn, Iíve been tempted to rename the farm ďThe Singing FrogĒ, which once again beats The Singing Toad. Especially since I myself like to belt out songs around the barn while I am working. I would hate it if people drove by and said, ďWell, the singing toad is bellowing down at the barn again.Ē
So, Iíll just keep the farm name as it is because I much prefer to sell Boer goats than frogs and toads. We just have to remember to remind our goat customers to step carefully with the frogs/toads everywhere. And, that our frog and toads will hide down in the loose hay in the barn aisle way and if you step on them, they squeak. Fortunately, the thickness of the hay prevents us from hurting them.
And, you do have to watch out for the frog/toad that isnít use to humans yet. The other evening I walked by what Lee called a frog and the thing chased my barn boot. Lee says they probably donít see that well out of the water and the frog thought my barn boot was one good looking true love. He chased my barn boots for a few minutes as I went back and forth doing chores. But, when Lee walked by, he took off after Leeís barn boots. Evidently, those much bigger boots looked like a better future Mrs. Frog. No dainty Mrs. Frog for that fellow.
So far all the farm inhabitants are adapting to the growing frog and toad population. The goats step carefully over them, the barn cats look at them with great disdain, the dogs walk around them and we humans really try to not step on them. Though, in the barn I have stepped on one or two and when they squeak, I have squealed high myself and have gone dancing off. Mainly because I think Iíve stepped on a snake, but if I would stop and think, Iíve never had a snake squeak at me.
The singing of the toads and frogs continues and I will miss it when they disappear during the hot summer. I canít help but think I should represent this large population in some way. Maybe a sign with a dancing Boer goat and a frog and a toad playing banjoís and singing? Whatever, we are enjoying the frog/toad songs for the time being and will greatly miss it when they quit.