Pocosin Nightsong

photo of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge by Dale Suiter, USFWSIn 1994, my friend Ted Mack and I traveled thousands of miles, sometimes together and sometimes apart, searching out quiet and pristine areas for recording. One such area is the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge near Columbia, North Carolina. The refuge contains countless lakes, ponds, and pools, and is characterized as a southeastern shrub bog, also known as pocosin.

On the night of August 8, 1994, Ted left his campground in nearby Pettigrew State Park, and drove deep within the refuge to capture the following wonderfully relaxing insect and frog night soundscape:

A chorus of various crickets and Carpenter Frogs. near midnight, 8 August 1994, Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge near Columbia, North Carolina. Recorded by Ted Mack.

photo of Lang ElliottThis is one of my favorites. As you can see, there is quite a variety in the insect chorus, ranging from 2000 Hz upwards to around 6000 Hz. The stacatto tuck! or c’tuck! sounds are the calls of Carpenter Frogs, which are common in this kind of habitat. The insect chorus features the musical trills of Southern Ground Crickets set against a backdrop of trilling tree crickets. A Jumping Bush Cricket periodically gives brief but bright trills (thank you Wil Hershberger for the ID!). The total combination of sounds is quite appealing to my ear.

What do you think of this recording? Do you like the overall balance of sound? Please leave a comment!


  1. I also hear Green Frogs (or maybe they’re Bronze Frogs)

    I was once in North Carolina in 2007 but not to listen to crickets and frogs at night. We were there to visit a Native American village known as Cherokee. That was quite a cool place.

  2. Lang,
    Check the caption for the recording. Looks like Ted is a time traveler. I wondered how he was getting so many pristine recordings 🙂

  3. You’ve got a good one here! The level of the insects is good. And the periodic “tuck” of a frog breaks any monotony and gives the whole recording an interesting rhythm.


  4. Wow, this is gorgeous. The other crickets are jumping bush crickets. There are some others that are distant that are hard to ID. Super relaxing recording.

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