First toad of 2017

It’s been an unusually chilly winter here with lots of frosts. Today was feeling mild at around 10C and certainly damp – just the right conditions to entice this toad out from its winter resting place.

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A common toad making its first foray of the year.
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One legged robin…

This is a digression to introduce this little fella (I think he’s a he, maybe it’s a she). Anyway, he arrived last autumn trailing a completely broken right leg and flapping around outside the backdoor.

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He has amazed me by surviving the winter and developing into a regular robin tyrant, bullying dunnocks and chaffinches and chasing off other robins.  He has even managed to get a girlfriend and they seem to be nesting in the hedge of the field next door.

I will try and get a better photo – he’s quite camera shy and I had to take this from indoors. 🙂

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