window peepers

very funny now to find froggies on the windows at night getting bugs.
i can now retire the list of strange window noise suspects over the years and put most of them down as tree froggies.
i'm glad to see them about. a week ago there was one on the patio door that was so loud that i thought it was in the house. got up to find it and scoot it outside, but it wasn't to be found. got quiet.
a few days later i hear a noise on the window and look up to see a silouette of a froggie as it was going after bugs. didn't get a picture.
sometimes i've thought it was bats getting moths or bugs, other times i thought it was raccoons playing around, but i've never been able to catch the noise maker in the act before.
after finding the tree froggie on the roof last year the clue plane finally buzzed me enough and i'm convinced. i don't know where they hide out during the day. Ma said she had one in the lid of the propane tank, but i didn't get a chance to see it. no picture.
tonight there was one on the window above the kitchen sink. couldn't get a picture of that one either. i tried. they have good night vision. it went away once i approached with the camera.
i'm happy with what i'm doing here to make more spaces for frogs, but as of yet i haven't been able to get the population of toads to increase. no lack of bugs, but a definite lack of quiet water for egg laying, hatching and tadpoles. plus we do have plenty of snakes about. wish the snakes would eat the chipmunks, but when you are trying to build a web of life you sometimes don't get to say exactly what eats what.
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On 7/14/2013 12:41 AM, songbird wrote:

got any weed?
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songbird wrote:
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ha! got a picture of it later:
http://www.anthive.com/fun/100_8029_Window_Peeper.jpg
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On Monday, July 15, 2013 7:13:00 AM UTC-7, songbird wrote:

Frogs are supposed to be the amphibious equivalent of the canary in the coal mine. Any conclusions to be drawn from this (new?) phenomenon?
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Higgs Boson wrote: ...

i would hope it is a sign that my efforts the past few years have started to pay off.
- increasing green cover and diversity of plants
- reducing pesticides (not used any the past few years)
- increasing wet/damp spaces
this tree froggy must be very brave...
the house gets no shade from 11am on and the window where that froggy was hanging out is in a field stone wall facing west (surrounded by cement, crushed limestone and little cover for 20-40ft) the only water source is the birdbath about 30ft from that window. it must be getting most of the water it needs from dew fall.
not sure yet where it might be hanging out during the day. there's a few rocks along the bottom of the wall, but perhaps it goes to the shady side of the fireplace up top. i did find a tree frog up there last summer:
http://www.anthive.com/fun/100_6906_Where.jpg
http://www.anthive.com/fun/100_6909_Tree_FrogA.jpg
http://www.anthive.com/fun/100_6910_Tree_FrogB.jpg
dunno if it is the same one...
the pine tree might also be a spot for it, but that's a long ways from the kitchen window (and that roof gets hot!).
90+F for most of this week. i wouldn't want to be a froggy.
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