Lots of recent sightings of interesting wildlife lately.
Stephen found this gray tree frog on a gate by a downed tree that he thinks had been the frogs home:
He also found two rat snakes in the hen house (here's one):
To give you a perspective on its size, here it is next to an adult's hockey stick:
We'll add the snakes to our reasons for declining egg production lately. The extreme free-rangedness of the chickens is yet another. Here's a nest of about 10 eggs that Stephen discovered by the road! We eat all the eggs from newly discovered spots ourselves and only sell eggs that we gather fresh from known laying spots.
I also found a snake in the dog house. When Stephen went to move it, it slithered away. In his search for it, he uncovered these gulf coast toads who had been hanging out under a piece of plywood:
Last night I went to water some hanging plants and to my great surprise, a baby bird flew out of the plant. I had seen some activity in this plant some weeks ago, but had not seen any birds around it for quite a while (not even when watering). I counted 4 Carolina Wren babies in all. They are all fledglings who kept fluttering around on the front porch and wall nervously while their mama watched vigilantly.
Here's one on the front window screen (you can see the plant in the upper left corner):
This one is SO cute! I just love the "eyebrows". It was on the step of the front door: