Thanks to Subtropical Storm Alberto (when did we start naming sub-storms?),
there's been frog/toad-song in the air in my back yard.
Anyway, we've had sporadic rain over the long weekend and I spotted a large toad. He evaded capture, but he looked very much like this previous tenant.
Gosh, it may be his grandfather.
Either the toadies are getting faster or I'm getting slower ;)
I love frogs. We have one at our marina that is might loud. When we finally saw him he was ever so tiny. Big voice though.
Have a fabulous day. ♥
Sandee: That is so funny. A loud mouth frog... does he sing Broadways tunes?
I love frogs --just not enough to kiss one.
Jan: I love frogs, too. But I swear, I never did anything inappropriate with that toad. I don't care what's she's saying I did. I picked her up, yes, but that's all. You gotta believe me.
We've got frogs here. Very Loud at night. I took a night time video once just to get the audio but never published it. Moving into summer, we'll often have smallish frogs living in the skimmers. Guess they come out at night and party. I certainly don't shoe them away. Occasionally, they'll fertilize eggs on the pool surface but that's easy to spot and a skimmer net takes care of that. The tadpoles likely wouldn't do well in the clorinated water.
Kid: For many years, my daughters and I would scoop up tadpoles and raise them into toad adulthood. It was very fulfilling to see those baby toads go out into the world. My daughters and I also provided tadpoles and butterfly cocoons for their science teachers and this continued for many years after they graduated. I always tried to incorporate science into the lives of not only my girls but into the lives of all the children at their school.
The property next door has a stream running through it, and in years past I would use the pool cover pump/hose to pump the water through a net which would capture the tadpoles. I would put them into a bucket and haul them down to the neighbor's stream. I don't feel as comfortable with the new neighbors that I'd traverse that much of their property and I'm not into doing that much work either. So, they get pumped out into the yard. Surely the birds or something eats them. The cycle of life.
Frogs are wonderful, and if the insurance companies had their way, every storm, even your afternoon rain shower, would have a name. That way, if anyone has any damage, they have to pay the "named storm deductible" instead of the standard one.
Kid: The cycle of life indeed. At the front edge of our property is a culvert that fills up during heavy rainfall. The frogs throw their parties in the standing water and soon it fills up with tadpoles. When it inevitably dries up, the birds and insects feast.
"When the Water Rises, the Fish Eats the Ant: When the Water Recedes, the Ant Eats the Fish"
-- old Vietnamese proverb
Messymimi: I love frogs & toads. They seem to love my garage.
And yes, the meteorologists made THE most of subtropical storm Alberto and seemed depressed when Alberto became a mere depression.
Kid: Right this minute there are 7 egrets feasting at the culvert buffet.
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