Bob and I took a walk through the neighborhood last evening, and we were surprised to see a toad on a walkway in front of a house. I remember frequently seeing toads (and frogs, turtles, skunks, and salamanders) in residential areas when I was a kid, but I seldom see them anymore. It was the first time I’d seen a toad in years.
Other wildlife — foxes, raccoons, rabbits, deer, coyotes, and all sorts of birds — seem to thrive in our fairly urban neighborhood. But I was afraid toads had all but disappeared. Apparently, they are still alive and kicking. Or hopping.
Bob photographed the toad, and we moved on. And a half block later, we saw another toad! Maybe there was a toad party in the neighborhood.