Either Mrs Toad is expecting, or she is feasting on far too many bugs! She is over 5 inches long and quite chubby.
Dragon, the fly, needs to keep his distance, because Mrs T can spring into action quite suddenly.
Mrs T is a clever critter, who waits patiently at the right time of day for the drip line to start emitting precious water, providing needed relief for an overheated toad on hot summer days.
T is a California Western Toad, a threatened species of ‘special concern,’ due to die offs caused by fertilizer contamination, disease, and habitat destruction.
Western Toads are terrestrial, and we have a thriving colony of them inside The Holler fences.
Cheers to you & happy weekend from the comfortably chubby, and quite toadish, Mrs Toad~
Sleepy owlet Valentine wears his heart on his face. (Click to enlarge and see Valentine better).
Mama has left him, and it is his first day alone, out of his nesting box.
Valentine doesn’t know what to do,
so he decides to fly down near the human,
watch her out of one eye,
until he falls asleep, clinging to his cactus bed.
Cheers to you from Valentine the confused little owlet~
Note: We have a barn owl nesting box at The Holler, usually woodpeckers nest in it, but this spring a barn owl family actually moved in. Valentine is their chick. I kept an eye on him for his first 24 hours out of the box, which was easy because he seemed quite unafraid of me. I think he was a bit shocked and confused. He passed his second night last night, and I could hear him in the oak groves. Today I haven’t seen him, but have heard him in the trees, so I think he is starting to figure things out.