Monday, March 28, 2005

ENV: Signs of spring

A few things have sprung or arrived and are evidence that spring is really here. Purple Martins and Turkey Vultures have been in for weeks, and Barn Swallows arrived shortly thereafter, but the real hordes are just now beginning to show.

Cedar Waxwings are moving through en masse; flocks up to 30 birds.

The first Luna Moth (1) of the year was at Ingram ISD offices on March 22, 2005.

The first local Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (1) showed up March 23, 2005.

And while not a sign of spring, 2 Egyptian Geese showed up on the lawn here at RV on March 26, 2005. This is perhaps a further sign of their impending spread from large numbers of feral birds in Fredericksburg. They're being seen at more and more ranch ponds in the area and i think will become widespread.

Later additions:

Peregrine Falcon (1) at Kerr WMA on March 28, 2005

Two-tailed Swallowtail (1) at RV on March 28, 2005

American Rubyspot (1) at RV on March 30, 2005

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