Monday, August 22, 2005

ENV: Recent Observations

All in Kerr County, Texas

August 16th
1 Black-headed Grosbeak at Rio Vista
1 Green Kingfisher at Rio Vista
2 Summer Tanager at Rio Vista

August 18th
1 ad. Zone-tailed Hawk over Johnson Creek Bridge in Ingram

August 19th
1 migrant Indigo Bunting overhead at Rio Vista

August 21st
1 Porcupine between Ingram and Kerrville
1 Swamp Rabbit at Rio Vista Crossing
1 Great Crested Flycatcher at Rio Vista

August 22nd
1 migrant Dickcissel overhead at Rio Vista
1 female Ringed Kingfisher at Rio Vista (likely the same bird present on 11 August)

I first recorded Mediterranean Gecko (a widespread introduction in bigger cities in Texas) in Kerr County about 6 or 7 years ago. By its relatively scattered distribution here i'm guessing it's a fairly recent immigrant. In my 18 years here at Rio Vista however i've only seen two . . . until this summer when suddenly they seem to be everywhere. I bring this up because i've seen four tonight, including one inside the office.

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