Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 13May2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there was no group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve again this month. However, two people wearing face masks checked on the amphibians while staying at least six feet apart from each other at all times.
Four amphibian species were observed: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Call Index = 2), Gulf Coast Toad (CI = 1), Green Tree Frog (CI = 3), and Blanchard's Cricket Frog (CI = 3). Before monitoring began, we were also treated to two young armadillos in the grass near the park's entrance kiosk.
There was still no flow to the pond from the middle slough springhead, and even with the inch of rain received two days before monitoring, there seemed to be less water there than last month. However, the water level in the main ponds was average.
The birds in the park were quite evident this month - several were seen before sunset (e.g., Eastern Kingbird, Common Nighthawk, and Eastern Bluebird), several were heard before sunset (e.g., Summer Tanager, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, and Great Crested Flycatcher), and several were heard after sunset (e.g., Chuck-will's-widow and Barred Owl).
The monitoring period was 20:00 - 21:30.
Participants were Kathy and Amy.
Environmental conditions at the middle slough springhead at sunset:

  • Air temperature = 76.5 deg F
  • Water temperature = 70.5 deg F
  • Sky = mostly cloudy
  • Water level = below average
  • Relative humidity = 58 %
由使用者 k_mccormack k_mccormack2020年05月16日 16:18 所貼文

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什麼

九帶犰狳 (Dasypus novemcinctus)

觀察者

k_mccormack

日期

5月 13, 2020 18:47 CDT

描述

Nine-banded Armadillo
in mowed grass at edge of historic pecan orchard
Williamson County
observed May 13, 2020, 18:47
two juveniles

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k_mccormack

日期

5月 13, 2020 21:08 CDT

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Individuals heard at the main ponds and seen at the ditch in the pecan orchard.

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什麼

美國綠雨蛙 (Hyla cinerea)

觀察者

k_mccormack

日期

5月 13, 2020 20:39 CDT

描述

Individuals heard at the main ponds and the ditch in the pecan orchard.

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k_mccormack

日期

5月 13, 2020 20:32 CDT

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Individuals heard at the main ponds and the ditch in the pecan orchard.

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k_mccormack

日期

5月 13, 2020 21:19 CDT

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One individual seen on sidewalk near parking lot.

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Any ideas as to why "There was still no flow to the pond from the middle slough springhead, and even with the inch of rain received two days before monitoring, there seemed to be less water there than last month"?

發佈由 robertkamper 約 4 年 前

I believe that, because the weather had been dry for the last month, the middle slough spring had not been producing much water, so the water level in the nearby outflow area was less than last month. The inch of rain that we had two days before monitoring was absorbed by the soil (the ground was still somewhat dry when we were there) and did not recharge the local groundwater. Thus, the local water table was still not high enough to produce much flow from the middle slough spring.

發佈由 k_mccormack 約 4 年 前

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