Folks, sometimes critters are desperate to find and use water.
We squirrels were on one of our romps across the golf course when a wiggle in muddy sand trap caught Hickory’s eye.
And like the curious young squirrel he is, Hickory went investigate. Ol’ Wally here figured out that the sprinkler water had collected at the bottom and its mud is green with algae–which no squirrel would suspect in a sunny spot–because the sprinklers wash grass fertilizer down to the hole.
But something else was also in the water. Hickory found toadlets. Little, newly emerging tadpoles into toads. Everywhere. In the water, isn the mud, in the grass.
Do you see three of them hiding in the grassy edge?
And prints of birds and raccoons.
These clever marauders likely know about this wet spot in the sand that is regularly filled by the golf course sprinkler system. They know it’s a reliable source of food!
Yep, it’s plum-amazing the tadpoles have made it. But they have. Nature persists!
Why weren’t the toads using a nearby pond, or the streams the cross the golf course? True, they fill with stormwater from the neighborhoods so that might not be the cleanest water either.
It’s mystery to us squirrels, but points to a problem: wildlife need fresh, clean sources of water. If you can provide that in your suburban garden–year round!–then you will be doing wildlife a service.
Not to mention, we will provide you with more nature entertainment than you can catch in your boxy dreys! You are welcome in advance!