Saturday, May 30, 2009

ENV: Trips to Uvalde and Real Couties, 30 May 2009

This a.m. spent around Concan with San Antonio Audubon Society and Bob Rasa; then met Tripp Davenport, Zac Loman and Jill Wussow for an afternoon of chasing birds and dragons at Big Springs Ranch . . .


From TX: Uvalde Co., Concan, around Neal's Lodges and El Estarvo Ranch, 30 May 2009


Scarlet Musk-Flower, Nyctaginia capitata


Celia's Roadside-Skipper, Amblyscirtes celia


Giant Swallowtail, Papilio cresphontes


From TX: Real Co., Big Springs Ranch, 7 miles N of Leakey, 30 May 2009


The leech from hell . . . a medium-sized example from a stagnant canyon pond
loaded with them . . . after some research, determined this to be:
North American Medicinal Leech or Wi'-Gi-e (in the Osage language)
Macrobdella decora




The fairly rare Slough Amberwing, Perithemis domitia
new to Real Co. when first found at this location in 2007, new high of 14 individuals today

Checkered Setwing, Dythemis fugax

Blue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis
small individual thought originally to be Little Blue Dragonlet, this bug barely larger than an amberwing

Black-shouldered Spinyleg, Dromogomphus spinosus
new to ranch


30 May 2009
TX: Uvalde Co., Concan, vicinitiy of Neal’s Lodges and El Estarvo Ranch, with Bob Rasa and Georgina Schwartz and San Antonio Audubon Society, 7:30-11:45 a.m.

special plants discussed with various folks:
Scarlet Musk-Flower, Nyctaginia capitata (red-flowered plant at El Estarvo Ranch; photos)
Shrubby Blue Sage/Mejorana, Salvia ballotaeflora (blue sage on hillside above Neal's)
Leatherstem/Jatropha, Jatropha dioica (White-winged Dove food plant)
Tasajillo/Pencil Cactus, Opuntia leptocaulis (photos)
Guajillo, Acacia berlandieri (honey plant)
Passiflora tenuiloba (hard to locate Passionflower)


Olygyra/Helicina orbiculata (voucher)
Polygyra texasiana (voucher)
Rabdotus dealbatus (voucher)
Rumina decollata (voucher)

1 Gray Bird Grasshopper

30 Pipevine Swallowtail
2 Giant Swallowtail (photos)
6 Lyside Sulphur
25 Dainty Sulphur
3 Sleepy Orange
16 Reakirt’s Blue
1 Gray Hairstreak
1 Olive/Juniper Hairstreak
10 Gulf Fritillary
2 Variegated Fritillary
2 Bordered Patch
1 Vesta/Graphic Crescent
1 Texas Crescent (photos)
1 Monarch
2 Queen
1 Fiery Skipper
1 Common/White Checkered-Skipper
4 Funereal Duskywing
1 Celia’s Roadside-Skipper (photos)
1 Nysa Roadside-Skipper

1 Black Saddlebags

Birds (my total for this part of trip in front, including some numbers and things not seen with trip, Bob Rasa’s trip total behind, including afternoon portion of trip that i did not participate in)

[6 Domestic Mallard]
0 Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 4
8 Black Vulture 5
12 Turkey Vulture 15
0 Red-shouldered Hawk 2
0 Red-tailed Hawk 1
0 American Coot 2
1 Spotted Sandpiper 1
1 Eurasian Collared-Dove 4
100 White-winged Dove 100
5 Mourning Dove 10
12 Inca Dove 6
2 Common Ground-Dove 6
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo 5
0 Lesser Nighthawk 5
4 Chimney Swift 1
8 Black-chinned Hummingbird 25
6 Golden-fronted Woodpecker 7
8 Ladder-backed Woodpecker 10
0 Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
0 Least Flycatcher 1
1 Black Phoebe 1
4 Eastern Phoebe 1
10 Vermilion Flycatcher 10
15 Ash-throated Flycatcher 2
1 Brown-crested Flycatcher 8
0 Couch's Kingbird 1
1 Western Kingbird 1
4 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 6
6 White-eyed Vireo 2
2 Bell's Vireo 2
0 Black-capped Vireo 2
3 Yellow-throated Vireo 4
1 Hutton's Vireo 1
0 Warbling Vireo 1
1 Red-eyed Vireo 1
1 Chihuahuan Raven 1
4 Common Raven 19
12 Purple Martin 16
6 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 6
0 Cliff Swallow 2
0 Cave Swallow 2
32 Barn Swallow 6
2 Carolina Chickadee 5
24 Black-crested Titmouse 8
2 Verdin 2
1 Cactus Wren 2
2 Canyon Wren 2
3 Carolina Wren 4
12 Bewick's Wren 6
5 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
0 Eastern Bluebird 2
3 Northern Mockingbird 6
1 Long-billed Thrasher 1
0 Curve-billed Thrasher 3
0 European Starling 1
12 Golden-cheeked Warbler 15
2 Yellow-throated Warbler 8
1 Black-and-white Warbler 2
12 Yellow-breasted Chat 6
16 Summer Tanager 6
6 Olive Sparrow 8
2 Rufous-crowned Sparrow 4
2 Lark Sparrow 8
20 Northern Cardinal 10
1 Pyrrhuloxia 1
4 Blue Grosbeak 6
0 Indigo Bunting 4
9 Painted Bunting 4
6 Red-winged Blackbird 10
2 Great-tailed Grackle 6
1 Bronzed Cowbird 4
20 Brown-headed Cowbird 4
1 Bullock's Oriole 1
24 House Finch 10
18 Lesser Goldfinch 10
6 House Sparrow 10

the road in and out:
TX: Kerr Co., TX41 Highway
1 Crested Caracara

4 Scimitar-horned Oryx


TX: Real Co., US 83 Highway
1 Crested Caracara
14 Common Raven

2 Scimitar-horned Oryx
6 Sika Deer
40 Axis Deer
20 White-tailed Deer
40 Barbados Sheep


afternoon at Big Springs Ranch, wiht Jill Wussow, Zac Loman and Tripp Davenport (with some things added by Tripp from his morning there, including IDs from photos of his)

TX: Real County, Big Springs Ranch, from below school on Frio River, to pouroff pond, and up Tripp’s Canyon, with Tripp Davenport, Zac Loman and Jill Wussow, 1:30-7:00 p.m.

10 Tripp’s Giant Orange Leech (North American Medicinal Leech/Wi’-Gi-e) (photos; voucher)

Elimia comalensis (new to Ranch; voucher)
Corbicula fluminea
Olygyra orbiculata

1 Ghost Cranefly

+ Water Boatman sp.
+ Veliid Water Striders
+ Gerrid Water Striders

4 White-spotted Black Cactus Buprestid

unknown skipper I (from TD photos; working on ID)
unknown skipper II (from TD photos; working on ID)
1 Dun Skipper
1 Funereal Duskywing
6 Pipevine Swallowtail
1 cf. Spicebush Swallowtail
1 Question Mark
1 Bordered Patch
4 Gulf Fritillary
2 Variegated Fritillary
16 Reakirt’s Blue
1 Satyr sp.?
6 Sleepy Orange
1 Large Orange Sulpuhr
10 Dainty Sulphur
2 Checkered White

2 Great Spreadwing (photos)
30 American Rubyspot (photos)
4 Orange-striped Threadtail
20 Desert Firetail (photos)
2 Citrine Forktail (photos)
25 Double-striped Bluet
2 Stream Bluet (photo TD)
2 Arroyo Bluet
1 Orange Bluet
1 Powdered Dancer
75 Dusky Dancer
40 Blue-ringed Dancer (photos)
12 Aztec Dancer (photos)
2 Springwater Dancer (photos)
[1 cf. Comanche Dancer]
1 Coppery Dancer
30 Kiowa Dancer
18 Violet Dancer (photos)

3 Dragonhunter (photos)
1 Pronghorn Clubtail
2 Clubtail sp.
3 Black-shouldered Spinyleg (new to Ranch; photos)
3 Prince Baskettail
1 Dot-winged Baskettail
8 Eastern Pondhawk
6 Blue Dasher (photos; ovipositing)
50 Swift Setwing
8 Checkered Setwing (photos)
2 Black Setwing
3 Flame Skimmer
3 Widow Skimmer
12 Comanche Skimmer
4 Common Whitetail
1 Roseate Skimmer
14 Slough Amberwing (voucher; photos; ovipositing)
3 Eastern Amberwing
2 Jade-striped Sylph

1 Channel Catfish
+ Blacktail Shiner
+ shiner sp.
+ minnow sp.
30 Redbreast Sunfish
18 Largemouth Bass

+ Blanchard’s Cricket Frog
+ Rio Grande Leopard Frog

2 Eastern Tree Lizard
1 Southern Prairie Lizard

1 Great Blue Heron
3 Black Vulture
12 Turkey Vulture
1 Mourning Dove
2 Inca Dove
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
8 Black-chinned Hummingbird
1 Ringed Kingfisher
5 Green Kingfisher
1 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
2 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Black Phoebe
4 Eastern Phoebe
2 Great Crested Flycatcher
4 Ash-throated Flycatcher
2 White-eyed Vireo
2 Black-capped Vireo
2 Yellow-throated Vireo
1 Hutton's Vireo
1 Red-eyed Vireo
3 Common Raven
12 Purple Martin
2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
30 Cliff Swallow
15 Cave Swallow
6 Barn Swallow
2 Carolina Chickadee
16 Black-crested Titmouse
2 Canyon Wren
2 Carolina Wren
4 Bewick's Wren
2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
3 Parula sp.
9 Golden-cheeked Warbler
2 Yellow-throated Warbler
1 Black-and-white Warbler
1 Yellow-breasted Chat
5 Summer Tanager
2 Lark Sparrow
4 Chipping Sparrow
2 Field Sparrow
2 Grasshopper Sparrow
4 Northern Cardinal
1 Blue Grosbeak
2 Painted Bunting
2 Red-winged Blackbird
4 Brown-headed Cowbird
4 House Finch
2 Lesser Goldfinch

1 Rock Squirrel



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