We have had a lot of rain around here since last Thursday, and boy, did we need it. Sometime in the last week we noticed a new sound coming from our pond- frogs! I should know more about frogs, but I need some help here. First of all, where did these frogs come from? Have they been here all along? When we moved in, the pond was bone dry. It has now had water in it for several months, but we didn't hear the croaking until last week. I've thought maybe they only croak during mating season, but I just don't know. Does anyone out there have any ideas? Of course, I don't know what kind of frogs/toads they are so that doesn't help much. I've tried to catch a peek at them a couple of times, but they get quiet when I get to the edge of the pond, and I've only seen a quick glimpse as one jumped into the water. I'm just curious about when they arrived, where they've been, and why they've been so quiet. Either way, it's a nice sound and makes me smile.**
While I was laying in bed last night listening to the frogs (they're loud enough to hear from inside with all the doors and windows shut), I began thinking of all the animals we have seen around here since we moved in 8 months ago. I thought it would be fun to make a list (because that's what I do). So here you go- here are all the animals we have seen, heard, or have evidence of on or near our property this year:
skunks, raccoons, porcupines, possums, coyotes, wild pigs, armadillos, squirrels, mice, rabbits, moles, scorpions, 4 kinds of snakes, lots of bugs, frogs and at least 20 species of birds including owls, wild turkeys, cardinals, blue jays, bluebirds, towhees, scissortails, doves, quail, crows, robins, etc.
We also have some domesticated animals that share our fence line: goats, llamas, cows, horses, a donkey, cats, dogs and kids (which are the loudest of all sometimes).
Who needs a zoo when you can come visit us?!?
**Since posting this earlier this morning, I found out from a Biology professor that these frogs probably have been here all along and were just buried down deep when the pond was dry. Also, these frogs croak during mating seasons and this is brought on by rain.