Today was very hot...hot enough for me to reluctantly turn the central air on. Thankfully, an afternoon storm blew through and cooled us off. Rainfall often makes the amphibians that share our pond leave the pond's edge and venture further up into the yard. Sometimes a few frogs or toads will get stuck in the basement windows. After the storm, Derek rescued two such amphibious vagabonds--a pair of American toads. I took the opportunity to snap their photos for posterity. They're quite colorful! One was noticeably smaller than the other. Male and female perhaps?
More information about the American toad as well as its call can be found here. During the heat of the summer, these toads fill the air at the Twelve Acres with a pleasant nightly chorus.