After the sorrowful loss of our baby robin--poignantly, we found the nest several days too late--we have a new backyard "pet": a frog!
|Peering around the digging pit|
The children came running inside with their mud-encased feet screaming breathlessly about having found a huge frog in their digging pit--this is the area in the backyard where they are allowed to dig to their hearts' content and which is currently muddy from rainwater.
|A frog settled into an abandoned Frisbee|
I believe they have found a true Bullfrog (Rana Catesbeiana)! Despite all protests and pitches, the children are forbidden to disturb the amphibian or try to make a "new and better" home for the critter they have named Joe.
|Believed to be a bullfrog|