"Hey there's a cool frog, come and get a picture!"
Actually it turned out to be a toad, Fowler's Toad (Bufo fowleri).
More info is here.
Until I got inside and looked it up, I thought it was an American Toad. But they've only got one or two warts per dark spot, and this guy had up to five. I only got one shot of his back, and it wasn't a great one, but works for ID purposes.
After deciding he was a Fowler's Toad, I listened to a sound recording.
And realized that there must have been another one nearby - we'd heard him calling while photographing this one. Their sound has been described as a bleating sheep with a cold. (I'll bet it sounds lovely to other Fowler's Toads though.)
In other nighttime activities of the week, we saw Barn Owls in Cullman, at my in-laws'. I was surprised that they'd hang around in residential neighborhood for so long, but evidently they've been there a while.
I tried to get a picture, but my camera doesn't really "do" full dark, even with a flashlight assist.
See the owls? No? Me neither.
I did get a sound recording. Despite being able to glide and even flap their wings in total silence (the better to sneak up on mice), they were a pretty mouthy bunch. Their hissing and screeching was almost otherworldly. If you heard it coming from behind you in a barn at night, you'd have no trouble believing a ghost was hard on your tail.
If I can figure out how to post it here, I will.