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Garden Shelter, Now With Toad

Mary used a garbage can lid to shelter some plants, left it in the garden for a while, and a critter moved into the new shelter. She first noticed two well-prepared front entrances:

Garden shelter - front entrances

Garden shelter – front entrances

And a rear entrance or, perhaps, the emergency exit:

 Garden shelter - rear entrance

Garden shelter – rear entrance

Gingerly lifting the lid, she found a dismantled bird corpse:

Garden shelter - bird corpse

Garden shelter – bird corpse

Along with a large stash of sour cherries from a nearby bush:

Garden shelter - sour cherry stash

Garden shelter – sour cherry stash

A good-size toad kept an eye on the proceedings:

Garden shelter - toad in lair

Garden shelter – toad in lair

We didn’t know toads ate sour cherries, but the evidence seems clear:

Garden shelter - toad on sour cherries

Garden shelter – toad on sour cherries

The image of a toad taking down a bird can’t be unseen, but, more likely, a recently fledged nestling took shelter and couldn’t figure out how to get out again.

We’ll never know the rest of the story.

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  1. #1 by rkward on 2016-08-13 - 10:17

    You’ll never get that toad to talk, I’ve tried. We’ve rescued a few over the years from various situations. None have taken up residence on our deck this year so far.