Saturday, September 03, 2005

ENV: Observations 2-3 September 2005

Texas: Kerr County, Rio Vista, 2-3 September 2005

Update: There seems to have possibly been a grounding here today. I'm going to spend a good part of the day out checking what's around on the grounds here. So i'll start posting what i find here, and as i find more i'll update, so the list will grow. Update update: Well, either the grounding was not as substantial as i thought or else things have already picked up and moved. It's also heavily overcast to theis point (9:30 a.m.) but with signs of clearing. I noticed that the Frostweed and Cowpen Daisies are beginning to bloom so it'll be worth a check when the sun comes out. Updating list. May not again until late this afternoon when i can get out to check the blooms. Update update update: It turned out to be a rather slow day. Lots of odes but no variety, few leps, fewere birds it seems. I did have a bangup day with robber flies (2!). And saw but could not photograph a 1.5 inch Tarantula Hawk-type wasp, gunmetal black with two bright orange abdominal bands -- don't believe i've seen that one before. It came out of the ground while i was photographing robber number one. List below, more pictures appended.

Orthoptera: + grasshoppers (abundant), 1 cf. Obsure Bird Grasshopper, 1 cf. Kiowa Ranglenad Grasshopper, + Field Cricket sp.

Hemiptera?: ++ Water Strider

Ephemeroptera: + Yellow Mayfly sp., + Dark Mayfly sp., + Tiny White Mayfly sp.

Isoptera: + Termite sp.

Odonata: 1 Common Green Darner, 1 Wandering Glider, 1 Common (Eastern) Pondhawk, 1 Pale-faced Clubskimmer, 1 Black Saddlebags, 200 American Rubyspot, 4 Smoky Rubyspot, 40 Dusky Dancer, 15 Comanche Dancer

Lepidoptera: 4 Geometrid moth sp., 1 Underwing moth sp. (Catocala), 2 Pipevine Swallowtail, 2 Painted Lady, 1 Duskywing sp., 1 Ocola Skipper, 2 Fiery Skipper, 1 Sachem

Other Insecta: 1 Robber Fly sp. I (cf. Mallophora leschenaulti), 1 Robber Fly sp. II, 1 Tachinid fly sp. (cf. Trichopoda sp.), 1 Tarantula/Digger Hawk (cf. Scolia sp.), + Honeybee, 1 Brown Longhorn Beetle sp., + Black Carabid Beetle sp.

Mollusca: 1 Rumina decollata, 1 Polygyra texasiana texasiana, 3 Polygyra septemvolva volvoxis, 3 Helicina orbiuclata, + Corbicula fluminea

Pisces: 8 Common Carp, + Mosquitofish, 1 Largemouth Bass, 1 Redbreast Sunfish

Amphibia: 1 Rio Grande Leopard Frog, 8 Blanchard's Cricket Frog

Mammalia: 1 House Mouse, 1 Rock Squirrel, 2 Feral Cat, 1 Striped Skunk, 14 White-tailed Deer, 20 Axis Deer

Aves: 1 Red-shouldered Hawk, 2 Spotted Sandpiper, 1 Great Horned Owl, 1 Broad-tailed Hummingbird, 2 Golden-fronted Woodpecker, 1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1 Green Kingfisher, 1 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, 12 Barn Swallow, 5 Blue Jay, 3 Yellow-throated Vireo, 3 Carolina Chickadee, 6 Black-crested Titmouse, 5 Carolina Wren, 1 Canyon Wren, 6 Eastern Bluebird, 2 Yellow Warbler, 6 Summer Tanager, 4 Northern Cardinal, 1 Great-tailed Grackle, 3 House Finch

Captives: 1 Three-toed Box Turtle, 1 Horse (Paint), 1 Red Kangaroo, 4 Dog (Border Collie, Brittany Spaniel, Chocolate Labrador Retriever, West Highland White Terrier), 3 African Pygmy Hedgehog, 20 Chickens (Egyptian Sultan, Red Pyle Olde English Bantam, Black Olde English Bantam, Porcelain D'Uccle, Black-breasted Red Olde English Bantam), 1 Golden Pheasant, 3 Chinese Button Quail, 11 Ringed Turtle-Dove, 1 Bronze-winged Parrot, 1 Amboina King Parrot, 3 African Silverbill, 1 Orange Weaver, 2 Cardinal Quelea, 1 Paradise Whydah

In town: 1 Little Blue Heron (IDL), 100 swallow sp.

First Post: Some cool things about yesterday, tonight, early this a.m.

Two Yellow-throated Vireos (Vireo flavifrons) probably were the result of today's (2nd) storms interrupting migration. Just ahead of this evening's storms there were hundreds of swallows overhead.

The fields had a number of Black Saddlebags (Tramea lacerata) and Variegated Meadowhawks (Sympetrum corruptum) swarming about -- as well as single Gulf Fritillaries (Agraulis vanillae) and Queens (Danaus gilippus).

I found a snazzy Velvet Ant (Dasymutilla sp.) at the cabin today (2nd) and brought it to the office to photograph.

Meanwhile the mayfly emergence continued, both the medium sized browner ones and the larger yellow ones, plus one tiny translucent white one; and a few termites were added in the mix tonight.

After the late rain a single Decollated Snail (Rumina decollata) crawled around my windowsill (3rd). And just a few minutes ago a Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri) came bouncing past.

Velvet Ant sp., Dasymutilla sp.

yellow Mayfly sp.

dark Mayfly sp.

Tachinid Fly sp., cf. Trichopoda sp.

Robber Fly sp.
working on ID

cf. Beelzebub Bee-Eater, Mallophora cf. leschenaulti

Termite sp.

cf. Kiowa Rangeland Grasshopper, Trachyrhachys cf. kiowa

Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui

Decollated Snail, Rumina decollata

Snow on the Mountain, Euphorbia marginata

Woolly Mullein, Verbascum thapsus


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