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No One Believes Me...

Everyone asks, what's a birdhousefrog? I tell them it's my icon up there. That's a frog in a birdhouse. Down by the chicken run. And people just scratch their heads. Here at Walkabout Farm we're observant about the little things. We live close to nature in a lot of ways, but with our modern conveniences. While I'm happy to use wood from the property in my woodstove, I do like my air conditioning when it's hot or muggy. But we still take time to go out and smell the flowers. Or peek in the birdhouses. We have a robin's house that the robins have never used. It's in a heavily trafficked area, right by the driveway, but on the backside of that fence. Still, no robin has ever selected it. But this year, a frog did. So I present, for your enjoyment, NEW birdhouse frog photos.

This is a short fence at the garage end of the driveway by the house:


This unused robin birdhouse is pretty venerable. I suspect it's 7 years old. The Dude likes the way the natural light shows the weathering and how the frog's coloring matches it.


I took a number of shots of the frog, up close and personal, in natural light. This is under several pine trees in the late afternoon.


It's wickedly difficult to hold the camera steady in that light. I didn't want to alarm the frog too much and at the same time, I wanted to get a good, close shot.


And at this point, to be sure I had something nice and sharp, I gave up and used the flash. But only once. The frog does not look happy about it.


I'll have a new frog icon as soon as I cut and upload. Though I must say, the circularity of the other birdhouse's door still appeals to me.

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ex_triciasu
Aug. 16th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
Awww...lovely birdhousefrog pics!
birdhousefrog
Aug. 16th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Sweet little guy. Hated using the flash on him/her.
gregvaneekhout
Aug. 16th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
There is a frog in that birdhouse! Huh. (Pretty frog, too.)
birdhousefrog
Aug. 16th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
The Dude was seriously pleased to see it there. We have both frogs and toads and the toads are always trying to hop into the house. This guy seems to have a more sensible idea. Get up and away from the cats.
mount_oregano
Aug. 16th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
Frog? Or toad?
birdhousefrog
Aug. 16th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/herps/amphibid/species/hylavers.htm

looks a bit like the ones at the top. I suspect it's a tree frog. tiny little guy. we have toads too, but I see them on the ground.
birdhousefrog
Aug. 16th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
acwise
Aug. 16th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
Wonderful pictures! I love the idea of frogs hanging out in birdhouses, plus it makes a great lj icon when they do.
birdhousefrog
Aug. 17th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
They surprised us when they started doing it. and at first it was just the one birdhouse at about this time of year, three years in a row. We're so pleased they found this one. And they're so cool. They just sit there watching the world go by.
queenoftheskies
Aug. 17th, 2010 03:01 am (UTC)
CUTE froggie!
birdhousefrog
Aug. 17th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
Nice froggie to sit still for me. Of course I probably scared the living daylights out of him/her. Tiny little thing too. Definitely a treefrog.
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birdhousefrog
Aug. 17th, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
We got your toads. They hop around on the deck and in the garage and sometimes into the house where they disappear under the stove for a while. Not as many regular frogs as we would like to have, but peepers and tree frogs, too. I'd like to encourage a few good bull frogs. Such a lovely chorus at night.
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