Tiny garden frog
While enjoying the warmer, drier and sunny spell in our garden here in Essex we found a tiny frog, so tiny he sits on the tip of a finger. He may be tiny but certainly not slow in trying to escape from his captor. Of course we let him go and of he shot in among the vegetation where we he came from that surrounds the garden pond.
A garden pond? well more like a big puddle as it’s not used really as a pond but more as a natural habitat to encourage wildlife and to show and teach the grandchildren about nature. As there are young children around it is also wired across the top to prevent accidents. One end of the pond is shallower and holds a variety of oxygenation pond weed while down in the deeper end there is a water-lily to provide shade for the fish that vanished a year or two ago. Local cats or heron maybe the culprits.
The wildlife does seem to love this watering hole. Every spring we find frog spawn in the pond and in the summer evidence of a thriving population of frogs. Today we counted at least ten frogs in and around the pond and this tiny one.
I am not that knowledgeable about frogs, so am not sure if this is just a baby common garden frog or a different species as the other frogs around were much bigger. Any comments would be appreciated.