Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 31Mar2018

After recent heavy rains, we decided to make a special visit to Berry Springs Preserve and check out the wet weather pond north of the improved campground. Jim lives nearby, and although he said that he got three inches of rain at his house, the wet weather pond was not very big – a shorebird (Lesser Yellowlegs ?) was picking off insects along the perimeter, and Amy saw one Blanchard’s Cricket Frog (Call Index = 0) jump into the shallow water. It seemed like there had been very little runoff because the ground had been so dry.
So after about 45 quiet minutes, we moved to the ditch in the pecan orchard and the main ponds. There were a couple of Rio Grande Leopard Frogs in the ditch (CI = 1), and Blanchard’s Cricket Frog (CI = 3), Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 1), and American Bullfrog (CI = 1) in the main ponds. However, seeing newly-returned Scissor-tailed Flycatchers and a beautiful full moon rising made up for a rather uneventful amphibian evening.
The monitoring period was 19:00 – 20:30.
Participants were Kathy, Mike & Amy, Christie, Jim, Diane & Donna, Mike & Mariah, Sue, and Hunter.

Publicado por k_mccormack k_mccormack, 03 de abril de 2018


Publicado por alflinn329 hace casi 5 años (Marca)

The only thing I can add is an ID on the shore bird from that evening. It appears to be a Solitary Sandpiper;

Publicado por mikef451 hace casi 5 años (Marca)

Thanks, Mike!

Publicado por alflinn329 hace casi 5 años (Marca)

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