26. marraskuuta 2021

Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 24Nov2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there was no group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve this month. However, one person checked on the amphibians while texting a local fellow frogger upon arrival and departure (for safety) - the county had at least shifted from the Red Phase to the Orange Phase of COVID-19 transmission.
Three amphibian species were observed in the middle slough springhead, slough by the playground, the main ponds, the ditch in the pecan orchard, and the park road near the pay station: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 0), American Bullfrog (CI = 0), and Gulf Coast Toad (CI = 0). Photos were obtained for all three species.
A Nutria was seen in the main pond after sunset.
The puddle at the middle slough springhead was larger than last month but not flowing to the main pond, and the water level was average in the slough by the playground and main ponds. According to the USGS gauge station at Berry Creek at Airport Rd near Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv/?site_no=08105095&PARAmeter_cd=00045), there had not been any rain for three weeks.
The monitoring period was 17:30 - 18:45.
The author of this journal post was the only participant.
Environmental conditions at the middle slough springhead at sunset:
Air temperature = 72.5 deg F
Water temperature = 68.2 deg F
Sky = mostly cloudy
Water level = below average at springhead and average at main ponds
Relative humidity = 55 %

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17. lokakuuta 2021

Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 15Oct2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there was no group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve this month. However, one person checked on the amphibians while texting a local fellow frogger upon arrival and departure (for safety) - the county was still in the Red Phase of COVID-19 transmission due to the highly contagious Delta variant.
Two amphibian species were observed in the middle slough springhead, slough by the playground, the main ponds, and the ditch in the pecan orchard: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 3) and American Bullfrog (CI = 0). Photos and/or recordings were obtained for both species.
An American Kestrel was seen at sunset, and a Nerodia watersnake was seen in the ditch in the pecan orchard an hour after sunset.
The puddle at the middle slough springhead was larger than last month, and the water level was average in the slough by the playground and main ponds. According to the USGS gauge station at Berry Creek at Airport Rd near Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv/?site_no=08105095&PARAmeter_cd=00045), there had been 3.65 inches of rain over the previous five days before monitoring (including 2.25 inches of rain two days before monitoring).
The monitoring period was 19:00 - 20:15.
The author of this journal post was the only participant.
Environmental conditions at the middle slough springhead at sunset:
Air temperature = 69.6 deg F
Water temperature = 67.5 deg F
Sky = no/few clouds
Water level = below average at springhead and average at main ponds
Relative humidity = 42 %

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1. lokakuuta 2021

Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 27Sep2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there was no group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve this month. However, one person checked on the amphibians while texting a local fellow frogger upon arrival and departure (for safety) - the county was still in the Red Phase of COVID-19 transmission due to the highly contagious Delta variant.
Three amphibian species were observed in the slough by the playground, the main ponds, and the ditch in the pecan orchard: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 2), Gulf Coast Toad (CI = 0), and American Bullfrog (CI = 0). Photos and/or recordings were obtained for all species except the American Bullfrog.
Coyotes were heard calling at sunset, and an armadillo was seen after sunset.
The puddle at the middle slough springhead was smaller than last month, and the water level was below average in the slough by the playground and main ponds. According to the USGS gauge station at Berry Creek at Airport Rd near Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv/?site_no=08105095&PARAmeter_cd=00045), there had not been any rain during the three weeks before monitoring.
The monitoring period was 19:30 - 20:45.
The author of this journal post was the only participant.
Environmental conditions at the middle slough springhead at sunset:
Air temperature = 77.7 deg F
Water temperature = 75.1 deg F
Sky = no/few clouds
Water level = below average at springhead and main ponds
Relative humidity = 39 %

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17. elokuuta 2021

Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 16Aug2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there was no group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve this month. However, one person checked on the amphibians texting a local fellow frogger upon arrival and departure (for safety) - the county was in the Red Phase of COVID-19 transmission due to the highly contagious Delta variant.
Four amphibian species were observed in the middle slough springhead, the slough by the playground, the main ponds, and the ditch in the pecan orchard: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 1), Blanchard's Cricket Frog (CI = 2), Green Tree Frog (CI = 2), and American Bullfrog (CI = 1). Photos and/or recordings were obtained for all species except the American Bullfrog.
The puddle at the middle slough springhead seemed to be slightly larger than last month (but still no flow to the main ponds), and the water level was average in the slough by the playground and main ponds. According to the USGS gauge station at Berry Creek at Airport Rd near Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv/?site_no=08105095&PARAmeter_cd=00045), there had been 1.24 inches of rain two weeks before monitoring.
The monitoring period was 20:15 - 21:15.
The author of this journal post was the only participant.
Environmental conditions at the middle slough springhead at sunset:
Air temperature = 79.9 deg F
Water temperature = 71.7 deg F
Sky = no/few clouds
Water level = below average at springhead, average at main ponds
Relative humidity = 57 %

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23. heinäkuuta 2021

Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 20Jul2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there was no group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve this month. However, three people checked on the amphibians.
Four amphibian species were observed in the slough by the playground, the main ponds, and the ditch in the pecan orchard: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 1), Blanchard's Cricket Frog (CI = 3), Green Tree Frog (CI = 3), and American Bullfrog (CI = 1). Photos and/or recordings were obtained for all species except the American Bullfrog.
The puddle at the middle slough springhead was larger than last month (but still no flow to the main ponds), and the water level was average in the slough by the playground and main ponds. It had been cooler and wetter than normal for the past three weeks, and according to the USGS gauge station at Berry Creek at Airport Rd near Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv/?site_no=08105095&PARAmeter_cd=00045), there had been 0.11 inches of rain the day before our monitoring.
The monitoring period was 20:30 - 21:45.
Participants were Kathy, Amy, and Olivia (welcome !).
Environmental conditions at the middle slough springhead at sunset:
Air temperature = 77.2 deg F
Water temperature = 70.3 deg F
Sky = mostly cloudy
Water level = below average at springhead, average at main ponds
Relative humidity = 63 %

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23. kesäkuuta 2021

Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 22Jun2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there was no group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve this month. However, two people checked on the amphibians.
Six amphibian species were observed in the middle slough springhead, the slough by the playground, the main ponds, the ditch in the pecan orchard, and somewhere to the north and east of the main restrooms: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 1), Blanchard's Cricket Frog (CI = 2), Gulf Coast Toad (CI = 2), Western Narrow-mouthed Toad (CI = 2), Green Tree Frog (CI = 2), and American Bullfrog (CI = 0). Photos and/or recordings were obtained for all species except the Gulf Coast Toad and American Bullfrog. We watched as a Green Tree Frog that had been calling from a 30-foot high pecan branch leaped out into thin air and landed safely in the grass at our feet - he was on his way to join the fun in the ditch. Amazing !
The puddle at the middle slough springhead about the same size as last month (no flow to the main ponds), and the water level was average in the slough by the playground and main ponds. According to the USGS gauge station at Berry Creek at Airport Rd near Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv/?site_no=08105095&PARAmeter_cd=00045), there had been 2.71 inches of rain the night before our monitoring.
A cute little armadillo was seen near the park entrance about half an hour before sunset. The monitoring period was 20:30 - 21:30.
Participants were Kathy and Christie.
Environmental conditions at the middle slough springhead at sunset:
Air temperature = 76.1 deg F
Water temperature = 68.4 deg F
Sky = no/few clouds
Water level = below average at springhead, average at main ponds
Relative humidity = 69 %

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21. toukokuuta 2021

Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 20May2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there was no group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve during this extra amphibian monitoring visit this month. However, two people checked on the amphibians.
Six amphibian species were observed in the middle slough springhead, the slough by the playground, the main ponds, and the ditch in the pecan orchard: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 2), Blanchard's Cricket Frog (CI = 3), Gulf Coast Toad (CI = 2), Western Narrow-mouthed Toad (CI = 2), Green Tree Frog (CI = 3), and American Bullfrog (CI = 1). Photos and/or recordings were obtained for all species except the Gulf Coast Toad and American Bullfrog. As was seen earlier this month, Green Tree Frogs were calling from the water surface in the ditch in the pecan orchard (in addition to calling from trees).
The puddle at the middle slough springhead was larger than earlier this month (but there still wasn't any flow to the main ponds), and the water level was average in the slough by the playground and main ponds. According to the USGS gauge station at Berry Creek at Airport Rd near Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv/?site_no=08105095&PARAmeter_cd=00045), there had been 1.18 inches of rain during the previous four days before our monitoring.
The monitoring period was 20:15 - 21:45.
Participants were Kathy and Amy.
Environmental conditions at the middle slough springhead at sunset:
Air temperature = 71.2 deg F
Water temperature = 69.5 deg F
Sky = no/few clouds
Water level = below average at springhead, average at main ponds
Relative humidity = 62 %

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7. toukokuuta 2021

Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 03May2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there was no group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve again this month. However, two people wearing face masks checked on the amphibians while (mostly) staying at least six feet apart from each other at all times.
Six amphibian species were observed in the middle slough springhead, the slough by the playground, and the ditch in the pecan orchard: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 2), Blanchard's Cricket Frog (CI = 3), Gulf Coast Toad (CI = 2), Western Narrow-mouthed Toad (CI = 2), Green Tree Frog (CI = 2), and American Bullfrog (CI = 0). Photos and/or recordings were obtained for all species except the American Bullfrog.
The puddle at the middle slough springhead was larger than last month's puddle (but there still wasn't any flow to the main ponds), and the water level was average in the slough by the playground and main ponds. According to the USGS gauge station at Berry Creek at Airport Rd near Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv/?site_no=08105095&PARAmeter_cd=00045), there had been 3.21 inches of rain during the previous four days before our monitoring.
The monitoring period was 19:45 - 21:15.
Participants were Kathy and Christie.
Environmental conditions at the middle slough springhead at sunset:
Air temperature = 79.5 deg F
Water temperature = 76.3 deg F
Sky = no/few clouds
Water level = below average at springhead, average at main ponds
Relative humidity = 62 %

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27. huhtikuuta 2021

Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 26Apr2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there was no group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve again this month. However, two people wearing face masks checked on the amphibians while staying at least six feet apart from each other at all times.
Three amphibian species were observed in the slough by the playground, the main ponds, and the ditch in the pecan orchard: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 2), Blanchard's Cricket Frog (CI = 3), and Gulf Coast Toad (CI = 1).
The puddle at the middle slough springhead was smaller than last month's puddle, and the water level was average in the slough by the playground and main ponds. According to the USGS gauge station at Berry Creek at Airport Rd near Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv/?site_no=08105095&PARAmeter_cd=00045), there had been 0.3 inches of rain three days before our monitoring.
The monitoring period was 19:45 - 20:45.
Participants were Kathy and Christie.
Environmental conditions at the middle slough springhead at sunset:
Air temperature = 74.8 deg F
Water temperature = 68.6 deg F
Sky = mostly cloudy
Water level = below average at springhead, average at main ponds
Relative humidity = 45 %

Lähetetty 27. huhtikuuta 2021 22:27 käyttäjältä k_mccormack k_mccormack | 3 havaintoa | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

25. maaliskuuta 2021

Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 23Mar2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there was no group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve again this month. However, three people wearing face masks checked on the amphibians while staying at least six feet apart from each other at all times.
Three amphibian species were observed in the slough by the playground, the main ponds, and the ditch in the pecan orchard: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 2), Blanchard's Cricket Frog (CI = 3), and American Bullfrog (CI = 3 max; my recordings are only CI = 1). One possible Green Tree Frog was briefly heard (CI = 1) at the middle slough springhead, but no recordings were obtained.
The puddle at the middle slough springhead was twice as big as last month's puddle, and the water level was average in the slough by the playground and main ponds. According to the USGS gauge station at the South Fork of the San Gabriel River at Georgetown (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv/?site_no=08104900&PARAmeter_cd=00045), there had been 0.6 inches of rain the night before our monitoring.
Two coyotes, several deer, and a Crested Caracara were seen at sunset, and a Barred Owl and nearby pet peacocks were heard after sunset.
The monitoring period was 19:40 - 20:40.
Participants were Kathy, Christie, and Carolyn.
Environmental conditions at the middle slough springhead at sunset:
Air temperature = 63.3 deg F
Water temperature = 70.5 deg F
Sky = no/few clouds
Water level = below average at springhead, average at main ponds
Relative humidity = 38 %

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