Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 16Jun2018

It was a pleasant evening at Berry Springs Preserve - clear skies, a light breeze, and temps in the 80s. We saw an Eastern Kingbird near the playground on the way down to the ponds, and several Yellow-crowned Night Herons, a Great Blue Heron, Chimney Swifts, swallows (probably Cliff Swallows), and lots of bats at the ponds before sunset. The summer night bugs were calling in force. We heard two different American Bullfrogs (Call Index = 1), Green Tree Frogs (CI = 2), Blanchard's Cricket Frogs (CI = 2), and one quiet purr from a Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 1), obtaining recordings of all but the latter. One the way back to the parking lot, we spotted an American Bullfrog in the slough by the footbridge, but after being an unwilling participant in a brief juggling act, a mighty leap permitted it to escape back to the safety of the slough. We confirmed that a small, blue net is not big enough to hold our monster bullfrogs.
The monitoring period was 20:35 - 21:50.
Participants were Kathy, Diane, Christie, Marc, Heike, Mike & Carol & Mariah, Sondra, Larry, and Leia (welcome !).
Environmental conditions at the main pond at sunset:

  • Air temperature = 84.2 deg F
  • Water temperature = 81 deg F
  • Sky = No/few clouds
  • Water level = Average
  • Relative humidity at sunset = 46 %
Lähettänyt k_mccormack k_mccormack, 17. kesäkuuta 2018 15:52

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Kuvat / Äänet

Mitä

Härkäsammakko (Lithobates catesbeianus)

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k_mccormack

Päivämäärä

Kesäkuu 16, 2018 08:50 PM CDT

Kuvaus

Observed during monthly monitoring.

Kuvat / Äänet

Havainnoija

k_mccormack

Päivämäärä

Kesäkuu 16, 2018 08:56 PM CDT

Kuvaus

Observed during monthly amphibian monitoring.

Kuvat / Äänet

Mitä

Hyla cinerea

Havainnoija

k_mccormack

Päivämäärä

Kesäkuu 16, 2018 08:53 PM CDT

Kuvaus

Observed during monthly amphibian monitoring.

Kommentit

Thanks for hosting yet another memorable evening Kathy! It was very nice out. As is often the case my eyes show their poor quality at night, the watersnake was a Diamondback watersnake and not a Plain Bellied.

Mike
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/13516159

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Lähettänyt mikef451 noin 4 vuotta sitten (Lippu)

Great photos ! Thank you, Mike.

Lähettänyt k_mccormack noin 4 vuotta sitten (Lippu)

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