Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Out on a Limb


Move over the frogs, the toads are coming to a pond near you…

toad swiming_

It was impossible to count, but I’m sure there must have been over a hundred. When we came home at dusk on Thursday night we had to abandon the car in the drive, we couldn’t have driven on without squashing them, they arriving from  every direction. I wonder how they know which direction to head.

Toads pond

They had no qualms about being disturbed  by humans or dogs. Spud just jumped in

Spud swimming with toads

And joined those looking for love

beautiful toad eyes _

This one was climbing back out, job done I suppose.

toad climbing_

It sat in the sun for quite a while,

toad grden

it was a very sunny day, I was getting a bit worried it might need some factor 50 sun cream, that skin  looks delicate.

I spotted one with only three legs. I wondered if it was a birth defect, or if it had lost a limb in some toady trauma. It amazes me how animals can seem to manage such an injury.

toad three legs_

It seemed to be coping just fine (and no, it didn’t swim round in circles).


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

7 thoughts on “Out on a Limb

  1. I have never seen a toad migration. It must be quite a sight.

  2. So many toads! I have never seen so many together. They aren’t real pretty but incredible just the same.

  3. Terrific pictures. I can’t remember when I last saw any toads. xx

  4. One of our spaniels has a slightly different attitude than Spud to toads now – he woke us up in the middle of the night because one was in his kennel and he was frothing at the mouth having picked it up.

    Obviously we don’t know if the toad decided to have a look in the kennel or was found wandering in the garden and was taken there – thank goodness we don’t have the multitude of toads that you do!!

    • I think once tasted, they don’t go back for a second lick… That must have been alarming, being woken by a foaming dog. Spud rarely barks, he looks quite shocked by himself when he does!

  5. That’s funny – in your last picture there is already well-developed frog spawn in the water. So is this a frog pond and also a toad pond? Can you tell the tadpoles apart? Or the young froads? Intriguing,…

    • All the toads have disappeared now. Can’t see any toad spawn, I think it will be amongst the weed. Yes all amphibians welcome. A neighbour has newts in their pond; not seen any in ours.

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