Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 20Oct2018

A feeling of fall was in the air as nine people came out for the monthly amphibian monitoring at Berry Springs Preserve. According to the nearby USGS gauge (08105095 Berry Ck at Airport Rd nr Georgetown, TX, http://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv/?site_no=08105095&PARAmeter_cd=00045), there had been 4.9 inches of rain in the last week, and standing water was everywhere.
Rio Grande Leopard Frogs were seen in the orchard ditch and were calling (CI = 2) from the sloughs, ponds, grassy pools below the restrooms, and wet-weather pond north of the improved campground. Mike and Randy had seen a number of very young Western Narrow-mouthed Toads along the paths earlier, and Leona found one for us (CI = 0), no doubt a product of last month's calling activity. Randy saw an American Bullfrog (CI = 0) in the main pond; Hunter spotted three of them in the orchard ditch, and Amy got a long-distance photo of one of them. Bats were seen flying low over the ponds and orchard ditch.
The main monitoring period was 19:00 - 20:30. Amy and I went back to the orchard ditch until 21:00.
Participants were Kathy, Amy, Mike, Christie, Leona, Tonja, Randy & Sandra, and Hunter.
Environmental conditions at the main pond at sunset:

  • Air temperature = 63.7 deg F
  • Water temperature = 67 deg F
  • Sky = Mostly cloudy
  • Water level = Much above average
  • Relative humidity at sunset = 67 %
Lähettänyt k_mccormack k_mccormack, 21. lokakuuta 2018 14:57

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k_mccormack

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Lokakuu 20, 2018 07:30 PM CDT

Kuvaus

Observed during monthly amphibian monitoring in several locations withing the park:
recording -191105 is from the north slough near the upper parking lot; -192803 fishing pier (faint call at 0:25); -193013 pond point near mouth of north slough; -195241, -195339, and -195742 grassy pools below restrooms; -203230 wet-weather pond north of improved campground (with people calling and talking in the background). The long-distance photo is from the orchard ditch. As per the USGS gauge at Berry Creek near the Georgetown Airport (08105095), there had been 4.9 inches of rain in the last week.

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Lokakuu 20, 2018 07:06 PM CDT

Kuvaus

Observed during monthly amphibian monitoring. A number of very young individuals were seen along the paths (no doubt, a product of last month's calling activity). As per the USGS gauge at Berry Creek near the Georgetown Airport (08105095), there had been 4.9 inches of rain in the last week.

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My observations include two Rio Grande Leopard Frog audio recordings and one photo, one Western Narrow-mouthed Toad photo, a set of photos of an American Bullfrog tadpole, and (poor) photo of an American Bullfrog:

I heard the Rio Grande Leopard Frogs at a CI of 1 and then 2. At one point I thought I had a 3, but nothing on the audio.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/17702419 (RGLF audio)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/17702376 (RGLF audio)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/17701760 (WN-MT)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/17701753 (ABF)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/17701746 (RGLF photo)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/17701728 (ABF tadpole)

I also took some photos of a few plants blooming - refreshed by recent rains.

https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/alflinn329/19433-finally-back-to-berry-springs

Lähettänyt alflinn329 yli 3 vuotta sitten (Lippu)

Here is my observation of the caught Western Narrow-mouth Toad;
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/17707805

I was also able to capture audio of the trickster insect which would later be ID'd as Northern Mole Cricket.

Lähettänyt mikef451 yli 3 vuotta sitten (Lippu)

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