Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 19May2018

The weather was breezy and pleasant at Berry Springs Preserve that evening. We heard a cicada and saw several Common Nighthawks, Chimney Swifts, and swallows (probably Cliff Swallows) flying over the orchard and ponds before sunset. A Redstripe Ribbon Snake and a Blotched Water Snake were seen hunting along the shoreline after sunset.
It was the night of the Green Tree Frogs ! They were calling (max Call Intensity = 2) from the trees that were across the slough as we walked down to the ponds, and they also called quite often from the trees that were between the ponds and the creek throughout the entire monitoring period. Two American Bullfrogs (CI = 1) each called just once, along with a few Rio Grande Leopard Frogs (max CI = 2) and lots of Blanchard's Cricket Frogs (max CI = 3). No photos were obtained, but recordings were collected for all four species.
Beaver update: Mike said that he had seen a beaver kit with its Mom and Dad on his game camera. Yay !
The monitoring period was 20:20 - 21:20.
Participants were Kathy, Heike, Alexis & Peter & Juan (welcome, Juan !), Nancy (welcome !), Amy & Mike, Diane, Reggie, and Mike.
Environmental conditions at the main pond at sunset:

  • Air temperature = 81.5 deg F
  • Water temperature = 77.5 deg F
  • Sky = No/few clouds
  • Water level = Average
  • Relative humidity at sunset = 46 %
Lähettänyt k_mccormack k_mccormack, 20. toukokuuta 2018 15:36

Havainnot

Kuvat / Äänet

Mitä

Hyla cinerea

Havainnoija

k_mccormack

Päivämäärä

Toukokuu 19, 2018 08:15 PM CDT

Kuvaus

Observed during monthly amphibian monitoring. Calling from across the slough between the parking lot and the ponds, and from between the ponds and the creek.

Kuvat / Äänet

Havainnoija

k_mccormack

Päivämäärä

Toukokuu 19, 2018 08:53 PM CDT

Kuvaus

Observed during monthly amphibian monitoring. Heard faintly in the -205330 recording at 0:05 - 0:07, 0:18 - 0:20, and 0:26. Heard faintly in the -205428 recording throughout.

Kuvat / Äänet

Mitä

Härkäsammakko (Lithobates catesbeianus)

Havainnoija

k_mccormack

Päivämäärä

Toukokuu 19, 2018 08:47 PM CDT

Kuvaus

Observed during monthly amphibian monitoring.

Kuvat / Äänet

Havainnoija

k_mccormack

Päivämäärä

Toukokuu 19, 2018 09:00 PM CDT

Kuvaus

Observed during monthly amphibian monitoring. Got up to Call Intensity = 3 in the -210255 recording.

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Lähettänyt mikef451 noin 4 vuotta sitten (Lippu)

I had the devil of a time getting recordings. Here are my two and the one snake I observed:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/12816529
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/12816691
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/12796173

We did not reach the park early enough to observe much before the watch began.

Lähettänyt alflinn329 noin 4 vuotta sitten (Lippu)

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