Today on the Kettle Valley Railway trail in Hope a small frog hopped across the trail. Turns out to be a young Red-legged Frog.
From underneath, how they got their name is fairly obvious. Excuse the dirty fingernail. These new-fangled photo editing programs have 'Red-eye Removal' but no 'Fingernail manicure' option (yet). I should point out I was being very gentle with the little fella.
I set it down on the side of the trail and snapped a couple more as it hopped into the bush.
I think this is the first time Ive seen a Red-legged Frog in Hope.
Also I saw a Mourning Cloak butterfly for my first butterfly of the spring. I think this species is usually the first out.
Birdwise there was a Red-breasted Sapsucker, Pileated Woodpecker, a Sharp-shinned Hawk, Brown Creeper and several Pacific Wrens and chickadees.
Was a beautiful day. Not sure where the wind and 10-20mm of rain went as forecasted yesterday, but not complaining.
Gord Fraser Valley Birding Administrator eBird Regional Editor (Fraser Valley)