Category Archives: frogs/toads

High notes

After the tornado passed nearby, Peter had a lot of repairs to do on his various antennae. While on the roof, he came across this little fellow (you can see the blurry ground way below), first sitting on the roof, then perched on the tripod holding our weather station. This Gray Treefrog has found a home on our roof. More specifically, he enjoys calling from inside the bathroom vent cover, where his call resonates with an exceptional loudness that he apparently finds very satisfying.


The frog that ate Windhaven

I was sitting out on the front porch swing the other day, taking a well deserved afternoon break, when I heard a frog call nearby. I managed to locate it above our bedroom window. Look for a small black dot on the right hand side of the upper window frame. The photo gives you an idea of how hard it is to find these little fellows. I was able to zoom in on it with my camera, and got the shot below. This is a Gray Treefrog. Very common in this area, but hard to see because they’re so cryptically colored.

It was even more of a surprise when I opened the front door the next morning, and found the very same frog stuck to the storm door window.

It’s hard to focus on something through a window, but the photo does show the little round pads on the frog’s toes that enabled him to perform this fantastic feat of dexterity.

First in, First out

The toads and chorus frogs were the first to use the pond this spring for their breeding and now we see the results. We’ve been inundated by tiny creatures from our pond. The one on the right is a tiny dwarf American toad. The even smaller one on the left is the Strecker’s chorus frog.

There’s plenty more brewing in the pond. It’s practically seething with tadpoles!

Watch your step!

The tadpoles are emerging from the pond and dozens of these tiny toads are hopping on the driveway, down our walkway, along the porch, and in front of the garage doors. They’re taking the easier path for dispersion, but making themselves more vulnerable to predators and accidental squishing.

Luckily, they do seem to be alert to footfalls and scramble out of the way pretty quickly, but we watch our steps!