Off to Toad Hall.
Sunrise: 06.37 Sunset: 06.02
Mike Averill, the Worcestershire Dragonfly Recorder, and I made our way through the northern corridor this afternoon. We were on our way back from North Pond and the living otter holt; neither otters nor toads did we see.
I commented, as we waded through gloopy mud stirred into a smelly soup by the cattle, that it was the 9th of March when I noticed the male toads in North Pond last year.
Today has been a brilliantly warm and sunny day, and I reckoned that this was just the weather to wake the toads from their hibernation. I hardly finished the sentence when Mike spotted a well camouflaged toad crawling ahead of us.
This is it! The toad mating is about to begin. I know it is only one toad, but there will be many more following him. Next week will be my time for nighttime toad photography.