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We were out for a walk in the Kessel-Lo park near Leuven this afternoon, and the frogs were singing in full chorus. You can see them squabbling in this video I took:

This is yer actual Marsh Frog, not really found much in the UK (and not at all in Ireland), and Aristophanes obviously used either its call or its close relative for the frogs' chorus in the play of the same name: "βρεκεκεκὲξ κοὰξ κοάξ!" "Brekekekex koax koax!"

Not quite Paul McCartney, let alone this fellow, but it's good to feel that springtime is here.


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Apr. 29th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
They're getting much more common in the UK. Rainham RSPB reserve in east London is absolutely full of them.

Croaking Marsh Frog at Rainham
Apr. 29th, 2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
Yep, those are the guys!
Apr. 30th, 2012 12:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Now I know what the frog chorus is supposed to sound like.
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