Gray Tree Frogs in Massachusetts

This year when our pool opened for the season it was particularly green.  It usually takes a couple of days to balance the water but we hit a cold spell and the pool water stayed green a little longer.   

tree frog in massachusetts
Handsome discovered this tree frog clinging to the post on the pool gate.  As soon as I saw it I thought it was a tree frog from the way it was hugging the post and because it was so high on the post.  We find frogs often but, they are always on the ground.  
Love the scientist who is wearing a magnifying glass on his neck and coaxing the tree frog into his hand while never loosening his grasp on his bear. 
The frog stayed on the post all day and everyone in the family took turns holding him and letting him climb on their clothes (except for me of course). 

We were delighted to learn that we do have tree frogs in Massachusetts although, they are very rare to see.  

That night we went out to check on the frog concerned that he may try to swim in the chemical filled pool.  We were surprised to find two tree frogs inches from the pool ready to mate.  Gary scooped up the frogs and we began walking to the nearby swamp to return them.  The moon was half full and a bat swooped down between us.  The air was thick with mosquitoes. Literally.  We journeyed on to return these sweet frogs to a more appropriate mating spot.  

The next morning handsome found a tree frog at the pool again.  We tried to catch him in a bucket but he jumped into the pool.  I was just able to get him out with a net, then we washed him with fresh water and returned him to the swamp.  A few hours later he was back again!  We returned him to the swamp again.  We haven’t seen a tree frog since.  But the ducks came the next day.

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