by Carl Strang
Today I share recordings of 3 ground crickets. The first of these, the melodious ground cricket, is not very well studied, and recordings of its song are not commonly available.
The song is a fairly loud, steady trill with a pleasant tone:
That song is most like that of Say’s trig, which can occur in close proximity as both are wetland species. When such is the case, the distinction is clear. Here is a recording of Say’s trig for comparison:
The recordings are a little misleading in that both species can be equally loud. Next up is the sphagnum ground cricket.
The song is higher pitched and more rapid than that of Say’s trig, which again often co-occurs.
The final species has an interrupted trill, unlike the continuous singing of the previous crickets. The confused ground cricket usually is found in drier portions of woodlands than the more swamp-dwelling melodious ground cricket.
The song is about one second on, one second off. If there are few other sounds, you may hear some stuttering during the “off” intervals: