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This large tree frog is way cool! He sometimes lives in the
metal frame of the glass sliding patio door. Notice how
he wedges himself up at the top of the frame. He stay there
all day and then after sun down comes out to eat insects and
explore the zoo yard. I love having him around and marvel at
how neat he is! He is pretty timid but will allow me to
watch him closely. He has a personal space threshold and when
I cross it he jumps away so fast that I can't tell where he
went. I've been amazed at how high and far they can jump.
This close up of the
tree frog shows the detail of the frog's colors. He
seems to have a mostly green coloring with a smattering of
light reddish color. You can tell by the leg joints that
he actually has large hind legs. Too bad he's all tucked
in because you would really appreciate the size of this frog
if you could see his whole body. I will try to get a
better photograph of this tree frog. The problem is that
he isn't out during the day and at night when he is, the
pictures turn out blurry with little or no lighting.
Oftentimes when I come out on the patio at night and the light
comes on, I'll find him on the porch swing or the patio table
or some other object. I have very small tree frogs
living under the ramp to the zoo house on the patio but they
are so small that its hard to get a good photo of them. They
are about the size of a dime. In contrast, this tree frog is
as big as my hand!
This is a southern spring peeper tree frog.
It is one of the world's smallest frogs! You can tell how
small it is by its size compared to my fingers. I have a lot
of them living on the patio. They like to go under the ramps
to the house and the fountains where the area is moist and
I can't believe how lucky I was to see red bellied woodpeckers
in my front yard!! This picture is in my next door
neighbor's yard because the three woodpeckers I was watching
flew over over to the palm trees in their yard. I have
not seen woodpeckers for several years so I was completely
surprised but thoroughly delighted that they came to visit.
And boy were they busy!!
This is a mature
bellied woodpecker. I was slightly amused at their antics and
in particular their testing of the various trees to see if
they could work their well known magic on them. But to no avail,
the trees were not dead and they didn't stay long after
realizing the trees were not easily punctured with their
Notice what an absolute beauty this woodpecker is! I love the
red cap! He is magnificently designed color wise.
He seems so regal, so classy with his red, black and white
feathers arranged so nicely, don't you think?
This is an immature red bellied woodpecker in the
photograph to the right. His red cap feathers have not come in
yet but you can see that there are faint red feathers just
beginning to emerge. It won't be long before this young sprout
is looking just as classy as his parents do!
raccoon showed up during the day on the utility pole. The
dog was going crazy which alerted me to his presence. He
spent a good deal of time confused at the top of the pole
until I put the dog in the house and the poor animal
finally climbed down the pole. This is the only raccoon I
have seen here and was surprised to see it during the day.
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