A few days ago, Michelle came into the house with her hands cupped. Moving quickly to the table, she asked me to pull out the camera and take a picture of what she held. When I was ready, she opened her hands, and a small green animal began hopping all around the table. She had found a boreal toad in the garden!
I took several photos of the table top before she cornered the toad with cupped hands, and I managed to get a decent shot. She immediately returned it to the garden where, after all the excitement, it perched calmly on the side of her hand for a few moments before hopping off.
We knew there were toads in the region, but this is the first one we’ve found on the peninsula. We’re especially pleased to find it in the garden, where they’re especially beneficial. I learned that they don’t make much noise above a weak peep, which explains why we’ve never heard it or its kind here. We hope it’s not alone!