Pacific chorus frog

Sometimes referred to as the Pacific tree-frog, this frog gave us the “ribbet” in cartoons. There is nothing like the sounds of the pacific chorus frog at night in spring. This however is a single frog separated in a lone pond living quite happily.
This frog is chiefly nocturnal, spending the day beneath logs, rocks, or other debris. During breeding season, males will call to attract females. A number of calling males is known as a chorus. A dominant male, or chorus master, leads off the calling which is then followed by subordinate males. If an intruding male comes instead, the Pacific Tree-frog changes its usual two-part “ribbet” to a one-part encounter call. An observer trying to locate the Pacific Tree-frog can mimic their calls and take over as chorus master, enticing the other frogs to begin calling as well. If this is done, be prepared to take on the responsibilities that come with being the chorus master!

Pacific chorus frog

Pacific chorus frog

Geek notes:
Recorder: SD 722
Microphones:MKH 40/30 MS system
Tripod mounted with Rycote wind protector
Sample rate: 44.1k 24 bit
Time: 20:15
Date: 2010-05-04
Recordist: Martyn Stewart

Red-winged blackbird chorus

Morning has broken, like the first morning, blackbird has spoken like the first bird! Here we can praise for their singing. There is nothing like a spring morning filled with the sounds of the dawn chorus. Here we have red-winged blackbirds with pacific chorus frogs, varied thrush and winter wrens filling the morning air.
This section was taken from a much longer take condensed down to around 9 minutes. I include all the metadata info as it happened in realtime to give you a feeling how the morning panned out.

the song fills the air

Red-winged blackbird

Geek notes:Location: stossel creek
Date: 2010-04-20
Time: 05:42
State: Washington

Description: morning at stossel creek

Habitat: ponds/coniferous
Voxtype: dawn
Category: soundscape

Recorder: SD 722
Mics: sennheiser mkh 40/30
Sample rate: 44.1k 24 bit
Microphone pattern: MS stereo
Take# 1

Anthrophony: light distant traffic/airplane 16:37/20:20 airplane/31:18 airplane/38:46 airplane/40:15 car door/53:25 airplane

Geophony: rain on leaves/10:31 wing flaps from wood duck/16:37 wood ducks take off/21:19 red-breasted sapsucker drum knock/42:54 beaver tail slap/47:05 wood duck wing flaps/

Biophony: pacific chorus frogs/varied thrush/winter wren/barred owl/around 9:30 frogs go quieter/American robin/18:49 bumble bee/21:30 frog vocal change/23:50 song sparrow/24:18 bumble bee/26:05 nice varied thrush calls/27:27 frog vocal change/28:27 common raven/28:57 northern flicker/30:22 common yellowthroat/30:55 song sparrow/32:40 wood duck calls/Douglas squirrel/33:22 red-winged blackbird unusual calls/35:25 common yellowthroat/36:06 rufous-hummingbird/36:54 individual chorus frog croak/42:18 bumble bee/43:49 chorus frog/44:05 wood duck calls/46:28 wood duck high calls/47:35 wood duck calls/48:14 varied thrush song/chorus frogs and wood ducks/49:37 red-winged blackbird/50:30 red-winged blackbird single call/51:20 northern flicker/59:51 red-winged blackbird/

Weather: overcast
Temp: 47f
Wind: calm
Barometer: 1017.4 mb
Elevation: 605ft
GPS: N47.76772 W121.85210

Recordist: Martyn Stewart

Notes: inserted -30 db tone at beginning of the recording/ Mic suspension with Rycote windjammer and gitzo tripod/