Anaxyrus (Bufo) boreas/ Boreal Toad/ Western Toad; I always have to look these up to remember which species-- the internet images show very similar (and some very different ) looking individuals between these and Canadian Toad-- but that sp should have cranial crests-- ridges between the eyes, which this toad does not. I'm going to go out on a limb and say it might be a female, since females travel farther away from breeding pools, though any of them can do some travelling (up to 900m in one study)-- from their hibernation spots to breeding pools, then out to summer territories, and some travel many metres daily-- up to 439 m!... and in another study, yearly travel up to 4km. In any case, I had a nice few minutes with this one, yesterday.
It was a smaller individual than we usually see, only maybe 3 inches/7.5cm long.. It moved when I was doing some weeding on the north side of a rock ridge in the Xeric Beds. I'd put out some water for the bees/wasps and sprayed the beds a little- mostly for the bugs, so when this person was moving toward the driest bed, I turned on the sprinkler just a little to give it a little moisture on a warm dry afternoon.. It seemed to move toward the water, and sat for a few minutes beside a rock that had a few drops splashing onto it-- I expect it was getting a nice mist from that.. after a while--probably because I was moving around, weeding, it moved on a little farther to shelter under a piece of wood.. August 14, 2018 #amphibians #anaxyrus #bufo #anaxyrusboreas #borealtoad #westerntoad #toad #wildlifephotography #animals #borealforest #mixedwoods #forestclearing #rockgarden #gardencompanions #gardenhelpers #wildlife #wildlifegardening #naturalgardening #nochemicalgardening #clearwatercounty #davidthompsoncountry #countryliving #centralalberta