Friday 13 September 2013

Toadlet update

Twenty two, this morning!

All captured and re-homed under a nearby hedge.

I did momentarily contemplate a 'mark and release' scheme so that we could identify serial offenders, but was talked out of it.

Measures were taken to block up their means of entry, otherwise we would be knee deep in toads by Monday morning.


Martin said...

Now if they were sea turtles I would suggest that you had built on the site of their nesting beach. I have no idea if toads are long-lived, but if they get back in again try rehoming them on the opposite side of the site and see if they continue in that direction.
The other option is that they are searching a nice warm damp place to hibernate as they are sure winter is just around the corner ;)

Imperfect and Tense said...

This is the odd thing. There was nary a hint of a toadlet last year.

So the only conclusion we could come to was that it was pre-hibernation behaviour.

biobabbler said...

Clearly, I am not awake, yet. I thought you'd watched a particular toad for a LONG time, and today was its 22nd birthday.

Apparently, not.

I find toads SO terribly endearing. Something about them makes me love them instantly. I think their chubby, lumpiness, their utter lack of pretense or vanity. They just look sincere, sweet, and humble.

Good call re: mark & release. Can't exactly spray a tiny patch of tummy fur...

Imperfect and Tense said...

That made me guffaw! Apologies for the lack of clarity.

Hmmm, toads aren't as celebrity-driven as other amphibians, are they?
Perhaps they're trying to offset the negative press from Wind in the Willows?
They are under-rated garden heroes, keeping certain members of the invertebrate population from going stratospheric.

However, I'm slightly concerned that the arrival of the peacock at the same time may not have been coincidental :o(