21 de mayo de 2024

Good Water Junior Naturalist Field Trip 2024 Berry Springs Park and Preserve

Amphibians included:

Rio Grande Leopard Frog CI = 1 (Not recorded)
Gulf Coast Toad CI = 1
Green Tree Frog CI = 3
Blanchard’s Cricket Frog CI = 3
Western Narrow-mouthed Toad CI=3

According to the nearby USGS gauge (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/monitoring-location/08105095/#parameterCode=00045&period=P7D&showMedian=false), there had been 1.18 inches of rain in the last six days.
The monitoring period was 19:00 - 11:30.
Participants included Amy, Mary Ann, Flo, 5 newly certified Junior Naturalists, 5 parents and one sibling.
Environmental conditions at the dam at sunset:
Air temperature = 78 deg F
Water temperature = not recorded
Sky = partly cloudy
Water level = above average
Humidity at sunset = Not recorded

Other observations are noted except a Nutria noted in the creek.

Publicado el mayo 21, 2024 12:18 MAÑANA por alflinn329 alflinn329 | 16 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

05 de mayo de 2024

Lake Creek Dam Sunset Frog Walk

A "sunset frog walk" co-sponsored by CAMN and GWMN at Lake Creek Dam was held 4May 2024. Nine species of herp were observed in the creek and nearby dry block limestone wall.

Amphibians included:

Rio Grande Leopard Frog CI = 1
*Rio Grande Chirping Frog CI = 1
Gulf Coast Toad CI = 1
Green Tree Frog CI = 3 No recording obtained.
Blanchard’s Cricket Frog CI = 3

Reptiles included:
Plain-bellied Watersnake
Diamondback Watersnake
Pond Slider

  • Mediterranean House Gecko

According to the nearby USGS gauge (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/monitoring-location/302814097444799/#parameterCode=00045&period=P30D&showMedian=true), there had been 1.92 inches of rain in the last six days.
The monitoring period was 20:00 - 21:45.
Participants included Kathy, Carolyn, Amy, and 27 TMN members and their guests
Environmental conditions at the dam at sunset:
Air temperature = 74.2 deg F
Water temperature = 72.4 deg F
Sky = mostly cloudy
Water level = above average
Humidity at sunset = 78%

  • I do not have possession of the recording and/or photo of these observations.
Publicado el mayo 5, 2024 10:55 TARDE por alflinn329 alflinn329 | 8 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

29 de diciembre de 2022

Bad Birder's Christmas Trip

One of my favorite things to do when I travel is to add observations of plants and creatures, familiar and new. This holiday included a very little backyard and riverside birding in Germany. It did make clear a need to upgrade my cameras.

Still Great Tits, Eurasian Tree Sparrows, Common Mergansers, Green Woodpeckers, Black-headed Gulls (?), Mallards, and Eurasian Magpies were distinct enough for identification - blurred photos or not. There are a few other birds lost among sightseeing photos I'll add soon.

I hope your holiday - no everyday - is filled with adventure.

Publicado el diciembre 29, 2022 08:32 TARDE por alflinn329 alflinn329 | 27 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

30 de octubre de 2022

Texas Freshwater Mussel Survey

KM and I traveled to Marble Falls to see if the lowering of the water in the lake would allow us to observe any of the freshwater mussels we found previously (Jan. 2019) and perhaps additional mussels we had not observed in 2019.

The summary of our observations can be found in KM's journal post: https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/k_mccormack/72060-freshwater-mussels-of-texas-report-27oct2022

Other observations are associated here. Highlights for me were two "lifers" - Paper Pondshell, and Snake Apple. One disappointment was finding many Zebra Mussels which we had not found in 2019.

Publicado el octubre 30, 2022 03:44 MAÑANA por alflinn329 alflinn329 | 21 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

09 de mayo de 2020

Big Day

I was supposed to hike in Granger today, but one of the team was worn out so we canceled. Instead I documented my usual "bird crawl."

I fear I am a menace on eBird. The rare birds are a mystery to me. I just put mine in as the normal ones and they don't get photos. Not sure why they got excited about the starlings, but I am sure I will be hearing from them.

There were special moments today - the Black-bellied Whistling ducks flying in, a Green Heron and Northern Cardinal calling from the utility line, Lark Sparrows flying by and stopping long enough for a photo.

It was predominantly Cardinals, Mocking Birds, and Western Kingbirds today - oh, and the Black Vultures were out in force. I don't know that I have seen that large a group lately.

So, it was a nice day, but nothing to be too excited about. 27 species. I did better on CBC, but then I was there longer and it was winter - I could see the birds more easily. I think I need a nap.

Publicado el mayo 9, 2020 07:37 TARDE por alflinn329 alflinn329 | 15 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

14 de marzo de 2020

What to do during a pandemic

Get your dog and go for a drive. If that is not enough, take a hike in the park. Remember to stay 6 feet from any other hikers, walkers, dog walkers, skate boarders, and definitely stay away from the exercising mothers who were maintaining NO social separation.

Z and I had a great time documenting the changing population at Witter Lane and early spring at Yettie Polk Park.

It was a special treat to see the Bald Eagle hunting at the tank where I regularly see it on a grey/misty day. I heard the Red-shouldered hawk, but never saw it.

The ponds were alive with all the calls - Red-winged Blackbirds, the eagle, Eastern Phoebes, Greater Yellowlegs, ducks, Killdeer and more. Usually I mourn the coming of spring as I will see and photograph fewer birds when the trees all leaf-out. But now that I am birding more and more by ear I may miss the photos, but not the birds.

The wildflowers are just starting their bloom. I'm hoping to take the family to Cedar Creek tomorrow to see what's budding/blooming.

Publicado el marzo 14, 2020 07:58 TARDE por alflinn329 alflinn329 | 54 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

05 de marzo de 2020

Wild Weather

Thunderstorms followed by strong winds made me curious. I had to see what was happening on Witter Lane. The wind was too strong for most birds. The vultures were flying - and a few cormorants. Later in the day I saw egrets, ducks, and a Red-shouldered hawk...and a few other small birds. Most were still taking some shelter.

One the first drive through I noted few birds and MANY turtles - three on the move (one snapper and two Red-eared sliders). No road rescue was necessary although I did block traffic fro a bit.

Then I turned for home just in time to see one of the large dead trees at the tank on the inside corner fall with a swoop and splash. I'm going to miss that tree. I've photographed so many birds there. I just had to write something to mark its passing.

Publicado el marzo 5, 2020 04:32 MAÑANA por alflinn329 alflinn329 | 4 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

15 de diciembre de 2019

Bell County Christmas Bird Count

I looked up all the local CBCs and hoped to attend at least one. Then I broke my ankle. I managed to complete a couple of commitments (two hikes could NOT be cancelled at the last minute - I simply could not cancel), but I figured a CBC was out. [I have fond memories of the days after prior CBCs when I could barely get outta bed!]

Then I was drafted for our local count - all I had to do was sit in the car at one pond. I was responsible for 2 rare birds (that just happen to show up there with regularity) and the usual cast of characters at those ponds. I was NOT responsible for the ducks. I am bad with ducks although I'm working on it.

By 9:00 a.m. yesterday I had both rare birds. Woohoo!

I'm slowly getting the observations in here (a number of photos are really bad and may not make it). It has taken me some time to get eBird finished. [Shhhh! Don't tell them there are 2 or three birds I have photos of, but no id yet.]

Anyway. I'm posting my list and blog post here just to keep everything together. Those magical hikes were pretty cool too. I might just include that post as well.

Hope everyone has a great time over the holidays!

CBC: eBird # 562298873 https://ebird.org/checklist/S62298873

Hikes: https://walkinthepark-padimus.blogspot.com/2019/11/who-cooks-for-you.html

Publicado el diciembre 15, 2019 08:12 TARDE por alflinn329 alflinn329 | 18 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

03 de julio de 2019

Firsts! First Bird Banding and...

This is just a quick note to document the firsts. I've now see the Black-capped Vireo, the Bewick's Wren (for iNat) and the Bue-grey Gnatcatcher.

We talked our way into the event. It was a chance to meet a local active birder (Gil E.) and to connect with local Audubon and scientists at Fort Hood.

There was a chance, if a small window, to see a Burrowing Owl. The owl is still out there - seen by some, but not by us.

There will be another banding in March. I plan to be there.

Publicado el julio 3, 2019 01:16 MAÑANA por alflinn329 alflinn329 | 7 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

06 de mayo de 2019

Berry Springs Revisit

After finding a frogastic (sorry, couldn't help myself) evening at BSP I headed back last night to join KM and BD to see what we might see. The calls were not quite as cacophonous as Saturday night.

We saw American Bullfrogs, but did not get photos or calls. But we did see/hear 5 other species. The chorus frogs were, as usually, no-shows. We stayed in the area of the flooded ground paralleling the parking areas by the bathrooms and walked back to the ditch/swale in the Pecan orchard. We also stopped briefly at the wet weather pond behind the improved camping area.

Here's the tally:

Blanchard's Cricket frog - Heard all over at a CI - 3. One caught.

Rio Grande Leopard Frog - CI - 1 Caught two lovely specimens.

Green Tree Frog - CI - 3 All over the park.

Gulf Coast Toads - CI - 3 All over the park. We saw them in the flooded area and examined a few.

Western Narrow-mouthed toads - CI - 3 All over the park. We did not see any toads, but they were calling

A dead Redstripe Ribbon Snake was found in the recently mowed grass and a Diamondback Watersnake was seen in the ditch/slough mid-pecan orchard.

A number of birds were still flying around and singing as we started the watch including the resident Mockingbird and 4 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks. One Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was wading in the "froggy" area and one (probably same one) observed eating a crayfish.

Whew! It was a great evening "toadally" fantastic.

Publicado el mayo 6, 2019 02:07 TARDE por alflinn329 alflinn329 | 17 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario