Bobby had finished exploring the front garden on his last look round before bedtime when I heard a faint crunching on the wet gravel. My first thought was of an unwelcome furry visitor with a long tail as I had come face to face with one about a week ago. It had been raining and I had my torch with me. As I searched for whatever had been moving there it was. A large common frog taking advantage of the damp for an evening hop about. I dashed in and grabbed the Lumix. Fortunately the frog hadn't moved and I managed a reasonable close up before it decided that it was camera shy.
Common Frog (Rana temporaria)
It is always as well to have a torch here. Although I do have some outside lighting there is nearly always some creature or other lurking in the shadows on wet nights.
So far the Great Tit has made two more investigations of the nestbox. I won't get too excited yet as the Blue Tits did much the same last year but decided against it in the end.
A snapshot from this morning's video capture.
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