Frogs are gone. The courtship period is already over for these invisible aquatic creatures. They're always there, somewhere, probably making tadpoles or daydreaming. In silence.
I returned two days ago back to the original site where, just two weeks ago, I could hear a chorus of frogs in heat. I first noticed some frogs singing a little, but as I approached, I realized that there was even less than during my last visit, where I had manage to make some recordings using my electronic circuit. Two or three small and hesitant voices were shouting from time to time, quickly buried by the noise of trucks speeding by on the highway.
I am therefore now looking for another place. Simon told me that as you go North, the breeding season of frogs begins later and we thus would have a chance of "catching them". But I do not know if I have time to go "hunting for frogs", although the idea is quite attractive in itself. He also told me he has other places to suggest.
I spoke with Alain, a biologist that was referred to me by Bruno, the brother of Sylviane who is a friend of my father. He advised me to different places: the "marais du Nord" (northern marshes), the Provencher marsh and the "base de plein air de Ste- Foy". According to him, I should not get discouraged: there are different species of frogs and you can hear them sing throughout the summer. They sing during various periods of time, some of them even sing for several months but less intensively.
Mériol told me about a large green area near the Domaine de Beauport Maizerets. I'll go for a ride today.Frogs are gone. The courtship period is already over for these invisible aquatic creatures. They're always there, somewhere, probably making tadpoles or daydreaming. In silence.