Sunday, May 17, 2009

ENV: Real Co., Big Springs Ranch 17 May 2009

After yesterday's storms, birds were good in Kerr County, and i was able to find a nesting pair of Tropical-like Parulas (first for Kerr County; confirmed today, and also found to be feeding nestlings for another first). These were at the Heart of the Hills Fisheries Research Station near Mountain Home.

After that i decided to make a run to Big Springs Ranch in Real County to see if there were any good birds dropped in, or if the bug populations were up after drought-induced scarcity.

Among the better birds found, were the usual Ringed Kingfisher at the usual spot, and i suspect strongly thatit is nesting . . . i'll need a day of just following it to find out . . . plus two Green Kingfishers, two Black Phoebes, one Cooper's Hawk, one Golden-cheeked Warbler, 2 Yellow-throated Warblers, one Northern Parula, 1 Louisiana Waterthrush, a batch of unidentified Parulas, and the usual suspects . . . am listing below the butterflies (still scarce) and the odonates (improving) found today, and then a series of pics of some of the cooler bugs and some scenic stuff . . .

6 Desert Firetail [PHOTO]

20 Double-striped Bluet [PHOTO]

6 Springwater Dancer [PHOTO]

20 Dusky Dancer [PHOTO]

12 Aztec Dancer [PHOTO]

16 Blue-ringed Dancer [PHOTO]

1 Coppery Dancer

3 Prince Baskettail [PHOTO 1 heavily marked, 1 lightly marked]

1 Pale-faced Clubskimmer

1m Common Whitetail [PHOTO unpruinosed m]

1m Widow Skimmer

1m Red Rock Skimmer

1 Flame Skimmer

4 Comanche Skimmer [PHOTO m&f]

3 Swift Setwing [PHOTO]

1 Eastern Pondhawk [PHOTO]

1 Jade-striped Sylph (teneral) [PHOTO]

4 Pipevine Swallowtail

1 Giant Swallowtail

1 Southern Dogface

1 Large Orange Sulphur

30 Sleepy Orange

1 Reakirt’s Blue

1 Cassius Blue (new to Ranch, New County Record)

1 Little Wood Satyr

3 Gulf Fritillary

1 Arizona Sister

1 Dun Skipper

teneral Jade-striped Sylph, Macrothemis inequiunquis
one of the U.S.'s rarest insects

Comanche Skimmer, Libellula comanche
male above, female below

Aztec Dancer, Argia nahuana

Dusky Dancer, Argia translata

Kiowa Dancer, Argia immunda

Swift Setwing, Dythemis velox

Common Whitetail, Plathemis lydia
unpruinosed male

Blue-ringed Dancer, Argia sedula

Double-striped Bluet, Enallagma basidens

Desert Firetail, Telebasis salva

Eastern Pondhawk, Erythemis simplicicollis simplicicollis

Springwater Dancer, Argia plana

Big Springs Creek on Big Springs Ranch, just before it enters the Frio River . . . home of a number of rare bugs including Jade-striped and Ivory-striped Sylph, Slough Amberwing and Coppery Dancer. There is also a substantial population of the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler along the creek, along with five other breeding warbler species, plus Zone-tailed Hawk, Green and Ringed Kingfisher, and an undescribed species of subterranean salamander . . .

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