Strange noise from my pond.

johnkr(z5 PA)April 24, 2008

My pond is being visited by something that is making a strange sound every night. It's only strange because I've not heard it before, but the sound is starting to become annoying. I hope it's a mating call that will end soon. It's a noise resembling the sound of a whistle. It last for about 15 to 20 seconds and repeats from dusk until well into the night. It's very loud and can be heard from a distance. I think the sound is annoying the green frogs as well. They try to compete with their "banjo" calls, but give up relatively quickly. I'm familiar with the sounds of crickets and some tree frogs, but I have no idea what is making this weird noise.

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catherinet(5 IN)

Hi John,
Its probably a toad. They're mating now, but do continue it awhile through the summer. Some people would die for that sound outside their window. I love it, and can easily go to sleep by it. But I can appreciate that some people can't.
The tree frogs around here are even louder.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 10:07AM
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johnkr(z5 PA)

Catherine, I enjoy the croaking of frogs and the sound of crickets, but this thing sounds like someone blowing a whistle in your ear all night. It's kind of eerie.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 10:20AM
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Maybe those aliens, watch your fish that they don't start turning up dead with their stomachs missing. LOL Glenda

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 10:44AM
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Definitely toads. I'm very familiar with that sound.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 10:47AM
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Could it be bats? I hear a whistle/chirp in the bush lots around my area and thought it to be bats echo becuase they chrip over and over then pause then start again. You can hear them for miles. Their are also frogs chirping quiet different from this other, (less harsh) anyway just a thought- Frogged

    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 3:43PM
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I agree with hbwright. Definitely Toad. The first time I heard that noise my husband and I went outside with baseball bats, expecting to find an alien creature of some sort. All we found was a small toad with a bubble at the throat. Very LOUD. You would never expect such an ear piercing noise to come out of something so small. After about 4 nights of the noise, we found strings of eggs in the pond, and later tadpoles. Then the noise started again a week or so later. Continued on and off all summer.

Good Luck.


    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 4:01PM
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We are blessed with two toads this year! We rarely get toads so we are thrilled. They are loud but the sound is pretty.


    Bookmark   April 24, 2008 at 10:39PM
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horton(6 b Ontario.)

John, try the link below for a recording of a toad call.
Toads let out a long sharp trilling sound and if you have many toads, the noise from them at night can become very loud and annoying to some people.
I had to remove about fifty toads from around our pond two years ago because of the noise they were making. My neighbours brought it to my attention!!!
Now the toads are at a small lake near us where they can 'scream' all

Here is a link that might be useful: American Toad sound

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 7:41AM
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johnkr(z5 PA)

Thanks to everyone for the comments and suggestions.

Horton, your link is exactly what the noise sounds like. I don't think its the exact species, because I'm out of its range, but it must be a close cousin.

I enjoy visitors to my pond, but the calls of this toad are not the usually pleasant sounds of which I'm accustom.

If you haven't already, I'd encourage everyone to turn your computer speakers way up and click on Horton's link.

I'm afraid my neighbors are going to start asking me about the sounds very soon. I think I'll stick with the alien creature story.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 4:35PM
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nancyd(5/Rochester, NY)

Repeating everyone here, but definitely toads. You can't believe a sound like that can come out of something so small. They are aliens! We call them our Screaming Toads. I had read it's either a mating call or the male toad announcing that your pond is his territory. Mine were early this year. They're a hoot. When I let my dog out, I catch them lazily swimming back and forth in the pond and when they see me they let out a little "chirp." It's like their own personal hot tub. I hope you have fish because pretty soon you're going to see thousands of tadpoles! If you're lucky you might be able to catch them mating in the pond. Otherwise toads live on land.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 4:42PM
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sheepco(MN z4)

Ooooh, good link Horton, thanks.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 11:15PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Really does sound like aliens, I just listened to the recording.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2008 at 12:06AM
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txgdnr(7TX DFW)

Good link Horton, Thanks for all the great responses you give on this forum!! I have learned a lot from you!

    Bookmark   April 26, 2008 at 11:31AM
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horton(6 b Ontario.)

Thank YOU all very much, I'm glad the information was of interest to you.
Keep an eye on your pond if you have a great number of toads coming around to breed, as they produce masses of spawn and subsequent tadpoles,so many in fact,that their numbers can diminish the oxygen content in the water.
Birth control, by netting out the spawn before it hatches can keep the number of tadpoles down to a sustainable level.
The collected spawn can be moved to a creek or another pond somewhere else to develop.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2008 at 6:44AM
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