Sunday, 31 May 2015

♪♫♩ Who's that Gray tree frog in the window?

Actually, it's back. I know him or her! Last year s/he would sit here on summer nights, and capture the bugs that came to the kitchen window. I love them!

I think s/he fell asleep in the window at dawn. S/he doesn't look too embarrassed about his hat, either.
They call them Gray tree frogs, but they are chameleons and change their colour with their environment. I found it underneath the deck, on a beam - later on in the day. Amazing how their sticky toes allow them to climb.

We have many singing in the trees around the house. Singing for love or lust, I suppose!


We have a ton of tree frogs! These are archival photos.

Ontario Laws are clear
 about keeping wildlife in our homes. It's forbidden, aside from those with permission to do so. They said nothing about the ones on the outside of the house!

The list: Species at risk in Ontario.

Legal Protection
Ontario’s reptiles and amphibians are protected under the federal Species at Risk Act and these Ontario acts: the Endangered Species Act, 2007; the Planning Act, under which the Provincial Policy Statement is issued; and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. These laws, as well as how they protect species and their habitats, are described below.

10. (1) No person shall damage or destroy the habitat of,
(a) a species that is listed on the Species at Risk in Ontario List as an endangered or threatened species; or
(b) a species that is listed on the Species at Risk in Ontario List as an extirpated species, if the species is prescribed by the regulations for the purpose of this clause. 2007, c. 6, s. 10 (1).


Gunilla Bäck said...

Cute little frogs!

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

We had a tree frog on the deck one year, Im sure he though the umbrella pole was his personal climbing apparatus :)

Rideau Ferry said...

Hi Jenn,

Great point, and I'm glad you quoted from the might be helpful to some of your followers if you also posted how hunting is defined in Ontario.

"Hunting; Includes lying in wait for, searching for, being on the trail of, pursuing, chasing or shooting at, whether or not the wildlife is killed, injured, captured or harassed. You need a hunting license to do any of these things except where the Fish and Wildlife Conversation Act 1997 states otherwise.

So other than casually observing wildlife, one may be poaching.

Some may even find it ironic how law abiding hunters in Ontario are spoken of and/or equated to "poachers" by those who actually may be guilty of the offense.

There, rant over....or was that even a rant?


William Kendall said...

I guess he knows quite well where good feeding spots are!

Red said...

I think many times we miss common critters that live in our yards. Nice job to find these.

Gill - That British Woman said...

icky, icky, icky.........I do not like frogs......snakes aren't much better either........and yes I still want to move to the country!!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
I am so glad you have frog visitors again this year Jenn... wonderful little critters! YAM xx

EG CameraGirl said...

I love those tiny gray tree frogs!