Tuesday, July 09, 2013

NATURE NOTES - leopard frogs & deer

I feel like my new Winnipeg home is halfway between our old Toronto home and cottage. It is that much more green, peaceful and relaxed, our chiminea is a close second to the firepit and of course we have wildlife.  I have previously mentioned rabbits and deer and ducks and of course squirrels and birds. Now I have frogs to add  to the list; if I had seen a frog in my yard in Toronto I would have thought a neighbour's pet had escaped.  Seriously.

Frog #1 was down our window well, behind the Heliopsis and Lily-of-the-valley.  

Deep, dark, dank, but he seemed happy.

I fished him out with a bucket, showed him to the neighbour's kids and then released it into the thicket of daylilies out of the hot sun.
 I never would have found him except for the fact that it is important for us Winnipegs to ensure we have no standing water on the property. I know you may be thinking 'that is important for everyone', and that is what I would have said before moving here, now that I live here I realize it really is more important to take that battle seriously. Thank goodness the dragonflies are starting to make their appearance.

The next night I saw another, bigger frog in the back garden. I know we are only half a block from the river so maybe we should  not be so surprised, but seeing these frogs on our property was shocking and it really makes it feel we are living in the country.

Last night a doe and two fawns strolled down the opposite side of the street while I was in the Sun garden.

Perhaps they are the ones who have eaten my rose? 

I do not care, they can eat my rose anytime.

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12 comments:

  1. That's nice of you, to share the plants with the deer. We have way too many deer in New Jersey, and many of us are not willing to share our garden produce with the deer. Tulip munchers.

    The frogs are adorable. I don't see them here.

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    1. While I may be okay with the majesty of the deer, I am over the cuteness of the bunnies and I wish they would stop nibbling my Coreopsis! Hopefully the frogs will help with the skeeters.

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  2. I love frogs. So cool you spotted one. Love the shot of the deer.

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    1. The frogs were more of a surprise than the deer!

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  3. WE rarely see frogs in the garden but plenty around the local ponds.

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    1. Lots of frogs means your ponds are healthy.

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  4. I'm impressed that you don't mind sharing your rose with deer. :)

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    1. Check with me at the end of the summer and we will see if I am still so generous, LOL.

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  5. Aww..I love frogs...I didn't know that deer eat roses Derek. They have eaten other things but not our roses.. Perfect posts for Nature Notes...Michelle

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    1. It must have been the deer, it is too high off the ground for the bunnies to have eaten. 'Sharp' tasting I bet. Ha ha.

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  6. You're so lucky to live where you have so much wildlife. I'm glad you saved the leopard frog. I usually have one in my fish pond, but haven't seen it, yet, this summer. Lynda

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    1. Have you seen your frog yet? I have not seen mind again...

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