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Toad in the Palm Tree

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Max was alertly watching and poking at the lower part of one of the palm trees, and I went over to intervene. Usually when he’s doing this he’s spotted an anole, and I don’t want him bothering them.

When I made Max back off and checked the tree, I found that it wasn’t an anole–it was a toad. A toad had crawled and hopped up under a loose frond base near the bottom of the tree.

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I’ve seen tree frogs and anoles in the palm trees often, but never a toad. We do have toads in the yard, but normally they’re on the ground, not on tree trunks.

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It was healthy-looking adult toad, plump and active. It moved back under the frond base, but then poked its head out again to look around.

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For the toad’s safety from Max, who was still very interested, I gently removed it from the tree and took it over to a safe area on the other side of the backyard fence. The toad hopped off.

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Woodpecker on Saturday

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When I looked over into my neighbor’s yard today I saw a spot of red above black and white stripes in her palm tree.

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It was a Red-bellied Woodpecker–a fairly common woodpecker around here. The amount of red on its head indicated that it was a male.

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Woodpecker inspecting the tree.

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One more of the woodpecker.

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Friday Sunset

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A fiery sky at sunset this evening.

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Palm trees on the right, in front of the streaks of red/orange.

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Tall pine trees silhouetted against the sunset sky.

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Anoles and More on Wednesday

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Big guy on the fence, bobbing his head and displaying his dewlap.

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Over on the side fence I saw a few more anoles. This one held still for just one photo before running off.

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Another big male turned up on the top of the side fence, looking down at me.

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He put on a dewlap display too.

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Watching me as I left.

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Mockingbird on the fence, wet from today’s rain showers.

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Max’s new fascination is watching the squirrels climbing around in the palm trees. He circles the trees, staring up above. Sometimes he’ll take a flying leap straight up into the air, but he never comes close to any squirrels.

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One more of Max.

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Squirrels on Monday

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Lots of squirrels in the yard today–I saw as many as four at a time. They were chasing each other, running along the fence, and climbing trees. This squirrel is heading up a palm tree.

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It was going up toward another squirrel overhead, which was looking down toward the first squirrel.

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Squirrel looking down from the palm tree trunk.

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This squirrel perched up in the palm tree to enjoy a snack.

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Another squirrel in a palm tree.

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Squirrel coming down the tree.

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Sunday Photos

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At the community college where I’ve been taking Max for walks. The baseball field (where osprey nest 2 is located) is in the distance on the right, where a bit of the score board is visible.

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This little bird is a juvenile bluebird–it’s mostly brown now, with a little blue on its tail and back.

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Flowering bush that Max and I pass on our walks.

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This one looks like the juvenile starling that was harassing its parents for food in our yard. I recognize that wide-open mouth.

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Kingbird sitting in the middle of a maze of branches.

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And a couple of osprey shots, of course.

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One more with wings spread wide.

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After the Rain on Wednesday

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More rain today, very heavy at times, but we do need it. After it stopped I went out with Max and the camera, and the first thing I spotted was this Mourning Dove up in a tree. It seemed to be grooming itself after the storm.

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Mourning Dove, looking a little better.

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One more of the dove.

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Nearby a squirrel was running up a tree branch, but it froze when it saw me.

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It was motionless for a couple of minutes.

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And then it turned to look around before going on up the branch.

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Raindrops on branches and vines.

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Raindrops on a leaf.

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