Friday, April 30, 2010

The Toads are Singing!

Toad on Lily Pad

Every spring, we get American Toads who visit our pond to mate.

Battling Toads

Tonight, in the pouring rain, I hear them singing for the first time this year! It's always a welcoming sound.

Toad Close-up

Every year, we have hundreds of baby toadlets jumping around the yard.

Our Toad Tadpoles

Maybe it's our Frog Spitter that makes the toads feel welcome.

Frog Spitter

One year, I was startled by a full-grown toad who had somehow managed to get into our basement. I can't imagine how he got down there. I'm thinking he got in as a baby and lived his whole life down there, because he was very pale. We managed to scoop him up, and introduced him to the pond outside. He was very grateful.

Toad Side View

Do any of you get toads or frogs? Do you like them as much as I do?

13 comments:

La Petite Gallery said...

What a wild post. those TOADS are
so funny. Great photo's. I heard them this week , we had a ton of rain in Maine.

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A. Kadowaki Busby said...

Hello Pam,
Yes, we have little toads in our back yard. I love to see them around, it's a great sign that one's yard is healthy and natural. We live about two blocks from the river Thames and and at night, we can hear them loud and clear now - just love the sounds of summer. Great shots of your toads.

Anyes
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The Rustic Victorian said...

Hello Pam,
What a wonderful blog! I am seriously enjoying myself. I am so glad you commented on mine, so I could visit you. I do love frogs, they are also necessary to our planet. We see mostly tiny tree frogs,,well,when you are lucky enough to see them...hearing them,,no problem. In the swampy areas the bull frogs are giant with a vioce to match. So interesting,,,great post Pam!
Marcie

Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Yvonne-

No horse racing for me! Toad racing... maybe I'd place a bet on that! :-)

-Pam

Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Anyes-

Thank you for visiting! I was enjoying some of your older posts on your blog The Dusty Victorian last night as I was listening to my toads. I'll have to go back and add some comments, because I think your home is drop-dead gorgeous!

-Pam

Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Marcie-

Thank you for all your great responses to my posts! I really have to start making more comments on the blogs I love (yours being one of them!).

I don't think we have tree frogs up this far north (at least I've never seen any). Frogs, toads, and crickets are all such wonderful little singers, I think! ;-)

-Pam

The Victorian Parlor said...

I love frogs and toads! We have the pretty little green tree frogs that live in the siding of our house. They come out at night to serenade while the deep song of the bullfrogs resinates in the distant marches:).

Blessings,

Kim

Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Kim-

I never knew frogs would live in the siding of a house! Do they cause any damage? I'll have to go south someday to see tree frogs. They look so cute in pictures! I've heard bullfrogs in the woods up here, but there are no woods by our house.

-Pam

The Blackwood Cottage said...

I love a toad post! I have a pet toad in my garen, he needs his own post! Have a great day.
Machelle

Sea Witch said...

What a fantastic post. I love these happy toads. Sea Witch

Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Machelle-

My toads say "hi" to your toad! ;-)

-Pam

Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Sea Witch-

Thank you! They do look happy, don't they?

-Pam

The Rustic Victorian said...

Your water feature is such a treat. I have it on my wish list, my honey-do-list. We do have tiny tree frogs that make a big noise, I bet they would like a pond...even though they have a creek a block away. do your cats get after them?
Frog legs are sold in the south...and they "do not" taste like chicken...lol
Great post Pam!
Marcie

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