Saturday, September 17, 2005

ENV: Observations

A dropout of migrant birds occurred overnight -- interesting because today is bright, clear and hot. Outside of winter flocks of Yellow-rumped Warblers i have never seen so many warblers at one time in Kerr County. It's not a huge number, but the Hill Country is just not a migrant trap. Also there are large emergence and mating congregations of some damselflies. And despite an abundance of Frostweed, Cowpen Daisy, and other flowers it's still very, very low on butterflies.

TX: Kerr County, Rio Vista, LWC, The Patch, Riverview Lodge, office

3 Green-eyed Red Robber Flies
1 Mallophora leschenaultii

1 Huge Gunmetal Blue Wasp (without orange wings)
1 Red Velvet Ant male

1 White-lined Sphinx, Hyles lineata

6 Pipevine Swallowtail
1 Pierid sp.
1 huge White sp.
1 Southern Dogface
1 Goatweed Leafwing
4 Queen
1 Monarch
3 Fiery Skipper

30 American Rubyspot
2 Smoky Rubyspot
1 Ischnura Forktail sp.
2 Double-striped Bluet
1000 Blue-ringed Dancer
1000 Dusky Dancer
2 Comanche Dancer
1 Powdered Dancer
1 Eastern Ringtail
2 Red Saddlebags
12 Black Saddlebags
1 Wandering Glider
4 Swift Setwing

4 Turkey Vulture
1 Green Heron
1 Spotted Sandpiper
2 Mourning Dove
6 White-winged Dove
6 Chimney Swift
1 Belted Kingfisher
2 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
1 Willow/Alder Flycatcher
2 Blue Jay
4 Carolina Chickadee
2 Carolina Wren
1 Yellow Warbler
35+ Wilson's Warbler
2 Oporornis sp.
1 Nashville Warbler
2 Northern Cardinal
6 Lesser Goldfinch

in town -- ca 200 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

20 White-tailed Deer
60 Axis Deer

plus overnight/early a.m.:
a few good moths
a minor Mayfly hatch, but containing four or five species
a few beetles
1 Striped Skunk


The wasp from Hades haunting the office today


One of those cool green-eyed red robber flies.
I have an ID on one of these from Hidalgo County
but i don't know that i'm dealing with the same
species up here.



Eastern Ringtail, Erpetogomphus designatus


A moth that came to the nightlight set this a.m.

This guy snuck in the office somehow. I didn't see it until mid-afternoon . . .

White-lined Sphinx, Hyles lineata



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