Most of my photographic subjects are birds. One of the reasons is because we live along the Mississippi Flyway and, consequently, get lots of different birds as they migrate south in the fall and again as they migrate north in the spring. But we do have a lot of other interesting wildlife in the area. This post is about the Gray Treefrog, which is Missouri’s most common species of treefrog. They may be gray, greenish-gray, or brown. The inside of each hind leg is washed with yellow-orange. Large, adhesive toe pads are present on fingers and toes. Although these forest-dwelling species live in wooded areas, they breed (late May and early June) in fishless, woodland ponds. Gray treefrogs are typically 1-1/4 to 2 inches in body length. And their camoflouged body, along with their small size, often make them hard to readily spot. Their call is a bird-like “trilling” sound.
Living in a wooded area, we have the joy of finding these small beauties every spring/summer, around our house. In fact, we often see them seemingly glued to our windows, using their adhesive toe pads to cling to the exterior surfaces for long periods of time. Or we sometimes spot one on our front porch or back deck. I just observed/photographed the First of Season Gray Treefrog last night. I have our pop-up camper set up in our driveway for maintenance. As I walked by, I saw what looked like a “blob of mud” in a small alcove. As I reached in to remove it, it moved! I then realized what it was, so went inside and fetched my camera. Here is the little guy: