Fowler’s Toad

Fowler’s Toad

Fowler’s Toad, Bufo woodhousii fowleri
Robert Moses State Park, 2007-07-07

When I was growing up I was interested in herps (reptiles and amphibians) long before I got seriously interested in birds. However when I moved north, New York just wasn’t as good a place to find snakes and lizards as the swamps of South Louisiana. Nonetheless this year I’ve added two new species to my herp list. First the Italian Ruin Lizard and now this beautiful Fowler’s Toad. (Well, maybe you have to be another toad to see the beauty in it.) There were quite a few of these all over Jones Beach today around the Nature Center.

I was out at Jones Beach looking for a recently reported Yellow-headed Blackbird. I didn’t find it, but I did spot 27 other avian species:

  • Great Blue Heron
  • Semipalmated Plover
  • Killdeer
  • American Oystercatcher
  • Laughing Gull
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • Great Black-backed Gull
  • Common Tern
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Mourning Dove
  • Fish Crow
  • Tree Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • American Robin
  • Gray Catbird
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Brown Thrasher
  • European Starling
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Eastern Towhee
  • Song Sparrow
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • American Goldfinch
  • House Sparrow

There were also large numbers of Cabbage Whites, Red Admirals, and Orange Sulphurs as well as a single Monarch Butterfly.

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