Two Toads In a Hole

For the last three nights and days I have heard something akin to a very old rusty wheelbarrow being pushed along coming from beneath a bush on the edge of my garden pond. It sounds like the male mating call of a frog or a toad, which one I don't know for I haven't seen... Continue Reading →

Toad In A Dustpan

This toadlet had been hiding in a corner of the front garden under a drift of leaves after the rains and winds we have had lately. Unfortunately he was rudely disturbed for he was so small and well camouflaged he was not spotted until he was hopping in the dustpan. Although he appeared a little... Continue Reading →

As of The Earth

Common Toad (Bufo bufo) It was almost like the earth had began to move and come alive as I walked along my local riverbank this morning. I immediately stopped in mid-stride as my eye saw movement below. It was a little toadlet which I had disturbed amongst the leaf fall and other plant detritus, trying... Continue Reading →

In The Night Pool #2

I have been in the garden on and off during the week in the dark hours to see what comes out under the cloak of night, and here they are again, two Common Toads (Bufo bufo). One was on a garden step, and the other was swimming in the pool. Visit Common Toad (Bufo bufo)... Continue Reading →

In The Night Pool

Common Toad (Bufo bufo) Finally, I have vertebrate activity in my garden pond. And more than I could have wished for! I went out after dark tonight to see if I could spot anything going on in or near the pond, and then I saw a toad swimming in the pond towards me. And then,... Continue Reading →

Toadlet By The River

Whilst taking a stroll along my local river I came across this small toadlet whilst investigating some toadstools. It is the young of the Common Toad (Bufo bufo), and toads and toadstools so do compliment each other! Toadlets emerge from the water after heavy rain late in the summer. Photographs taken September 2011, local river,... Continue Reading →

Common Toad

Bufo bufo Common Toads have very warty skin, are brown or grey, or olive-green in colouration, with a rounded snout and copper-coloured eyes. They also have a large parotoid gland behind each eye. The males call by day or night with a  croaky squeak which does not carry far. The females do not make any... Continue Reading →

Toad Pays A Visit

This was the first time I had ever seen a toad in my garden. We normally get frogs, but never toads, until now, which was a wonderful surprise! This is the Common Toad (Bufo bufo),  which I discovered on my patio, and the good thing is that these amphibians tend to keep quite still whilst... Continue Reading →

Frog In The Pool

This was a warm sunny day when I found this young frog swimming in a local pool. Photographs taken September 2011, Staffordshire. See also Common Frog (Rana temporaria).

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