Saturday, April 24, 2010

Camera Critters - Large Toad

I was taking pictures of the action in the backyard Friday and noticed the chipmunk digging a hole by the pond, I focused on it to take some pictures.  But, what is this, he is digging down between the pond liner and the river rocks.  This will not do, so off I go to interrupt his joy, I ask him what does he think he is doing and I get that look. You know the one the kids gave you when they know and you know they have done something wrong, "Who Me".  He scurries off under the deck, I put the river rocks back into the hole and glance across the pond, to see this....


You can see by the water trail this toad was leaving the pond.  Two opinions come to mind. It is a female toad and she has laid eggs in the pond, or she/he had spent the winter on the bottom and was leaving its' wintering ground.  Time will tell. 



Either way you can see it is enjoying the early morning sunshine.
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23 comments:

All things nice... said...

Oh goodness that is one big toad!! I have never seen such a large toad before, thanks for sharing :) I'm kinda glad he isn't in my garden as I may be scared of him..

All things nice...

Crafty Gardener said...

Great photos of the toad. I sure hope that chipmunk got the message you were sending him. They can be very determined creatures as far as the holes they dig.

Laura..DancesWithTeddyBears said...

What fantastically fantastic pics, esp the second! Maybe you'll have a pond full of tiny toad siblings soon..
Hugs,
Laura

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

How wonderful that the toads have adopted your pond!

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Jen
Visiting from the far north this morning so I'm not joining CC today.
I love toads, they're so cute and helpful in the garden. This is one big one though, hope she lays lots of eggs in your pond.

Pondside said...

Do you have toad music at night? Our ponds are full of tiny frogs that sing all night.

siromade08 said...

A froggy frog frog...Great photo, maybe your right may laid eggs there...Have a nice weekend.

Thanks for stopping on my site.

Snap said...

I LOVE toads. We have a family that makes their way under the lining of the fountain. Unfortunately, they will have to find a new home as the yard is being *redecorated* after our rotten winter! Love the story of the chipmunk! Great photo of your toad!

chubskulit said...

Love that second shot, he is into your taking him a shot lol.

Dress up time for Chelsea

Karine said...

Wow, that's a pretty good sized toad! We used to have a huge one living under our deck when I was little.

eileeninmd said...

Cool shots of the toad. The second closeup of shot made me giggle.

julieQ said...

She is a fat little toad...hope she got that way by eating all your garden buggies!I like her!

Ladynred said...

That is good looking toad. What a great find!

once in a blue moon... said...

fabulous pic! i saw you at retts blog, about reading the forgotten garden, why not join in food for thought and show us a visual review next time? you love to take pics, you are reading a great book, now if you just whip something up in the kitchen from the book you are a perect match! i LOVED that book, check out food for thought, love to SEE what you are reading~

Michael said...

What a handsome chap. :)

Mary Lou said...

I just have this vision of him jumping into your face..
He could use some moisturizer!
Great photos

Kathryn said...

ha ha ha...I was scrolling down the page and a big OH escaped my lips...that is one serious looking frog!

EG Wow said...

Love the look the toad is giving you in the second shot!

nonizamboni said...

Wonderful photos! And that look? I know the one--in fact, I posted something similar about 'the look.'
I'll be back to see if you have a batch of little frogs who look like their mom.

Dave said...

Very cool shots, the second one is my favourite.

Mumsy said...

That's a big toad! The second picture is wonderful.

Jenny said...

Great photo. My children were always enamored of toads. My Grands won't have a thing to do with them.

Greener Bangalore said...

WOW! love this frog shot! you have a nice blog....jumped to your profile from Rajesh's :)...take care.....