Monday, May 31, 2010

ENV: Trip Report, 29 May 2010

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In between work today (29 May 2010), i ran down to Cooks Slough, largely to try to film the Orange Shadowdragons that were found by Terry and Troy Hibbits and Tripp Davenport. I was able to locate three of them, but it was miserable hot and they would flush and constantly hang up in dense canopy where i could neither film nor take pics. Nevertheless i was able to get about 15 brief looks. Two were at a spot under big oaks next to the slough at the junction of the main Paseo trail and the Los Indios trail, just past the shaded bench (maps available at the trailhead). They perch in the scrubby oak sprouts, but flush up into the oaks. At this location i also photographed a Mexican Wedgetail. The third shadowdragon i had was on a different trail after i misread the map. It was along the road just before you get to marker #3 and the Lunker pond overlook. It behaved the same as the others. Also at Lunker Pond were a Carmine Skimmer, three Slough Amberwings, a Pin-tailed Pondhawk and a Jade Clubtail. Near the first spot was a super cooperative female Filigree Skimmer.

I strongly recommend trying for these late in the afternoon, but beware that the gates close at 5 pm -- they open at 8 am. I spent about three hours there, and was very focused, so didn't chase down a lot of things that probably needed better looks, but nothing was flying or patrolling -- it was all about flushing and chasing down. Nevertheless i had decent variety if not numbers.


TX: Uvalde Co., Cook's Slough, 29 May 2010
1 Blue-fronted Dancer (photos)
2 Familiar Bluet
1 Double-striped Bluet
1 Mexican Wedgetail (photos)
1 Common Green Darner
1 Jade Clubtail
3 Sulphur-tipped Clubtail (photos, film)
3 Orange Shadowdragon
1 Filigree Skimmer (photos, film)
6 Four-spotted Pennant
2 Black Setwing (photos)
2 Swift Setwing (photos)
1 Pin-tailed Pondhawk
8 Eastern Pondhawk (photos)
2 Widow Skimmer
1 Twelve-spotted Skimmer
1 Carmine Skimmer (photos, film)
4 Roseate Skimmer (photos)
2 Blue Dasher (photos)
20 Eastern Amberwing
3 Slough Amberwing (film)
4 Black Saddlebags
2 Red Saddlebags

1 Little Yellow
2 Dainty Sulphur
80 Checkered White
2 Great Southern White
4 Lyside Sulphur

1 Black Swallowtail
2 Giant Swallowtail
3 Blue sp.
100 Bordered Patch
25 Phaon Crescent
15 Red Admiral
6 Variegated Fritillary
1 Gulf Fritillary
4 Question Mark
3 Tawny Emperor
1 Hackberry Emperor
2 Queen

50 Common/White Checkered-Skipper
6 Tropical Checkered-Skipper
20 Common Sootywing

1 Ilia Underwing, Catocala ilia (photos, film)

20 Spotted Whiptail (film)

6 Slider sp. (perhaps P.c. gorzugi)

4 Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
2 Wild Turkey
1 Green Heron
20 Black Vulture
40 Turkey Vulture
2 Red-tailed Hawk (B.j. fuertesi)
1 Greater Roadrunner
2 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
2 Mourning Dove
2 Common Ground-Dove
4 Black-chinned Hummingbird
8 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
10 Brown-crested Flycatcher
1 Ash-throated Flycatcher
1 Great Kiskadee
2 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
4 Bell's Vireo
1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
20 Barn Swallow
1 Cliff Swallow
2 Black-crested Titmouse
1 Bewick's Wren
1 Long-billed Thrasher
3 Yellow-breasted Chat
3 Northern Cardinal
1 Pyrrhuloxia
2 Painted Bunting
12 Olive Sparrow
1 Dickcissel
4 Lesser Goldfinch
1 Audubon's Oriole
2 Hooded Oriole
100 Red-winged Blackbird


Some other observations for the day

TX: Kerr Co., Ingram, 29 May 2010
1 Two-tailed Swallowtail

1 Golden-cheeked Warbler (my place is within a GCW territory, but i hadn't heard the male for a couple of weeks, then woke up to him singing, by the time i was getting into my jeep at 7:30 he was quiet)
1 Zone-tailed Hawk (while i was gassing up, an adult bird was circling low overhead, squealing and being answered by a bird in the trees along the river across the street. i see this in town bird often, but have never been able to pin down the nest site, i got some bearings and will go looking this week.)


TX: Uvalde Co., just N of Uvalde in wettish vegetated slough/ditch, 29 May 2010
1 Groove-billed Ani (this bird flew across the road in front of me and i stopped to double-check. it was curious but stuck to the back of the vegetation)


TX: Real Co., Big Springs Ranch
1 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (photos, film)
10 Sleepy Orange (film)
1 Red Admiral (film)

8 Common/White Checkered-Skipper (film)
1 Southern Broken-Dash (photos)
1 Northern Cloudywing (film)

2 Prince Baskettail (film)
1 Roseate Skimmer (film)

+ Blanchard's Cricket Frog

1 Spotted Sandpiper
1 Canyon Wren
+ House Finch
2 Lesser Goldfinch

1 White-tailed Deer (photos)


TX: Real Co., about six miles N of Big Springs Ranch along US83
1 Variegated Meadowhawk

2 Northern Bobwhite
1 Orchard Oriole



TX: Uvalde Co., Cook's Slough Pictures
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Ilia Underwing, Catocala ilia


Filigree Skimmer, Pseudoleon superbus, female


Blue-fronted Dancer, Argia apicalis


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