Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 18Jun2016

Ten people (including five new participants - welcome, Mary, Liam, Evan, Sean, and Jaime !) came out on a hot and humid evening and observed five amphibian species at Berry Springs Preserve on June 18, 2016: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Call Index = 1), American Bullfrog (CI = 1), Gulf Coast Toad (CI = 1), Green Tree Frog (CI = 3), and Blanchard's Cricket Frog (CI = 3). We got to see two Green Tree Frogs - one each in the little Redbud trees on either side of the path to the fishing pier - and one of them while it was calling ! We ended the night with a Rio Grande Leopard Frog calling from under the fishing pier that we were standing on.
We also heard the Great Kiskadee before sunset, and a Great Horned Owl, coyotes, and bats on the bat detector after sunset.
The small pond north of the improved campground was mostly dried up, so we stayed near the main pond, but we also checked out the ditch in the pecan orchard and the boardwalk between the dam and the creek.
The monitoring period was 20:05 - 21:35.
Participants were Kathy, Mary & Liam & Evan & Sean (thanks, guys, for finding the Gulf Coast Toad for us), Christie, Charles, Heike (thanks for finding one of the Green Tree Frogs for us), Jaime (thanks for finding the other Green Tree Frog for us), and Vincent.
Environmental Conditions at the main pond at sunset:

  • Air temperature = 84.9 deg F (79.3 deg F during the final five-minute listening period)
  • Water temperature = 84.5 deg F
  • Sky = No or few clouds
  • Water level = average
  • Relative humidity at sunset = 53 % (62 % during the final five-minute listening period)
    There was still an impressive amount of amphibian activity considering it's almost the summer solstice. Although the rains have shut off for the past two weeks, we're still seeing the effects of the wet spring (e.g, the well at the pond is still flowing under artesian pressure).

Publicado por k_mccormack k_mccormack, 19 de junio de 2016

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Sapo Nebuloso (Incilius nebulifer)

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k_mccormack

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Junio 18, 2016 08:16 PM CDT

Descripción

Monthly amphibian monitoring. In the hand and heard at 1:00 - 1:33 in the recording. The ponds had been dredged for algae/vegetation three days before monitoring.

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Rana Arbórea Verde (Hyla cinerea)

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k_mccormack

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Junio 18, 2016 09:09 PM CDT

Descripción

Monthly amphibian monitoring. In the hand and heard throughout both recordings. The ponds had been dredged for algae/vegetation three days before monitoring.

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Rana Leopardo (Lithobates berlandieri)

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k_mccormack

Fecha

Junio 18, 2016 09:29 PM CDT

Descripción

Monthly amphibian monitoring. Heard at least two individuals at 0:29, 0:43, 1:02, and 1:07 - 1:44 in the recording (1:29 - 1:44 was from one individual under the fishing pier that we were standing on). The ponds had been dredged for algae/vegetation three days before monitoring.

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Rana Toro (Lithobates catesbeianus)

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k_mccormack

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Junio 18, 2016 09:29 PM CDT

Descripción

Monthly amphibian monitoring. Heard at throughout in the short -205211 recording, and at 0:46 - 0:52 and 1:27 in the long -212955 recording. The ponds had been dredged for algae/vegetation three days before monitoring.

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Rana Grillo del Noreste (Acris blanchardi)

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k_mccormack

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Junio 18, 2016 09:29 PM CDT

Descripción

Monthly amphibian monitoring. Heard throughout the recording. The ponds had been dredged for algae/vegetation three days before monitoring.

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Sounds like a fun and productive evening, thanks for posting!

Publicado por mikaelb hace más de 6 años (Marca)

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