sábado, 24 de febrero de 2024

Berry Springs Park and Preserve Herps of Texas report, 20Feb2024

In spite of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, there was a small group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve again this month.
Two amphibian species were observed in the sloughs, main pond, and ditch in the pecan orchard: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 1) and Blanchard's Cricket Frog (CI = 2). Photos were obtained of three individuals of the former, and recordings were obtained of the latter.
The sloughs, ponds, and ditch in the pecan orchard were full, the water level in the creek was average, and water was flowing over the dam.
According to the USGS gauge station at Berry Creek at Airport Road near Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/monitoring-location/08105095/#parameterCode=00065&period=P7D), there had been 0.69 inches of rain since our last monitoring event 24 days earlier.
The monitoring period was 18:15 - 19:30.
Participants were Kathy and Carolyn.
Environmental conditions at the main ponds at sunset:
Air temperature = 71.2 deg F
Water temperature = 66.2 deg F
Sky = no/few clouds
Water level = average
Relative humidity = 38 %

Publicado el sábado, 24 de febrero de 2024 a las 03:05 PM por k_mccormack k_mccormack | 4 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

domingo, 28 de enero de 2024

Berry Springs Park and Preserve Herps of Texas report, 27Jan2024

In spite of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, there was a small group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve again this month.
Two amphibian species were observed at the end of the monitoring period in the slough near the footbridge by the playground: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 2) and Blanchard's Cricket Frog (CI = 1). A recording was obtained of the former, but neither a recording nor a photo was obtained of the latter. The former was also heard a little bit after sunset in the main pond near the footbridge above the sluice gate.
The sloughs, ponds, and ditch in the pecan orchard were full, the water level in the creek was high, and water was flowing over the dam !
According to the USGS gauge station at Berry Creek at Airport Road near Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/monitoring-location/08105095/#parameterCode=00065&period=P7D), there had been 4.78 inches of rain since our last monitoring event 41 days earlier, with 3.54 inches in the previous five days.
The monitoring period was 18:00 - 19:15.
Participants were Kathy, Carolyn, and Christie.
Environmental conditions at the main ponds at sunset:
Air temperature = 54.5 deg F
Water temperature = 58.3 deg F
Sky = no/few clouds
Water level = above average
Relative humidity = 35 %

Publicado el domingo, 28 de enero de 2024 a las 02:42 AM por k_mccormack k_mccormack | 1 observación | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

martes, 19 de diciembre de 2023

Berry Springs Park and Preserve Herps of Texas report, 17Dec2023

In spite of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, there was a small group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve again this month.
No identifiable amphibian species were observed, although some medium-sized tadpoles were seen in the ditch in the pecan orchard. The sloughs and ponds continue to slowly refill, but the water level in the creek was about the same as last month, and water still wasn't flowing over the dam yet. The highlight of the night occurred at sunset near the Red and White Mulberry interpretive plants signs - an American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) was seen foraging on the ground between the crushed granite trail and the edge of the slough.
According to the USGS gauge station at Berry Creek at Airport Road near Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/monitoring-location/08105095/#parameterCode=00065&period=P7D), there had been 0.32 inches of rain since our last monitoring event 29 days earlier.
The monitoring period was 17:30 - 18:30.
Participants were Kathy, Carolyn, Christie, and Amy.
Environmental conditions at the main ponds at sunset:
Air temperature = 51.6 deg F
Water temperature = 58.0 deg F
Sky = no/few clouds
Water level = below average
Relative humidity = 36 %

Publicado el martes, 19 de diciembre de 2023 a las 01:53 AM por k_mccormack k_mccormack | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

lunes, 20 de noviembre de 2023

Berry Springs Park and Preserve Herps of Texas report, 18Nov2023

In spite of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, there was a small group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve again this month.
Two amphibian species were observed: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 3) and Blanchard's Cricket Frog (CI = 1); however, no documentation was collected for the latter. The sloughs and ponds had been slowly refilling since last month when the springs started flowing again, and the water level in the creek was higher than last month, but no water was flowing over the dam yet.
According to the USGS gauge station at Berry Creek at Airport Road near Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/monitoring-location/08105095/#parameterCode=00065&period=P7D), there had been 3.35 inches of rain since our last monitoring event 26 days earlier.
The monitoring period was 17:35 - 18:50.
Participants were Kathy, Carolyn, Christie, Amy, and Cristy (welcome !).
Environmental conditions at the main ponds at sunset:
Air temperature = 62.8 deg F
Water temperature = 64.5 deg F
Sky = no/few clouds
Water level = below average
Relative humidity = 52 %

Publicado el lunes, 20 de noviembre de 2023 a las 04:32 PM por k_mccormack k_mccormack | 1 observación | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

martes, 31 de octubre de 2023

Berry Springs Park and Preserve Herps of Texas report, 28Oct2023

In spite of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, there was a small group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve again this month.
Two amphibian species were observed: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 1) and Gulf Coast Toad (CI = 0). No documentation was collected for the former, but photos were obtained of the three observed individuals of the latter. The sloughs were dry, and the water level in the creek was very low, but the springs at the bottom of the main pond and below the interpretive deck had started flowing again and were beginning to fill up the ponds again.
According to the USGS gauge station at Berry Creek at Airport Road near Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/monitoring-location/08105095/#parameterCode=00065&period=P7D), there had been 2.36 inches of rain over the previous five days.
We saw several White-tailed Deer at sunset.
The monitoring period was 18:50 - 20:05.
Participants were Kathy, Carolyn, and Christie.
Environmental conditions at the main ponds at sunset:
Air temperature = 80.1 deg F
Water temperature = 78.8
Sky = mostly cloudy
Water level = much below average
Relative humidity = 59 %

Publicado el martes, 31 de octubre de 2023 a las 01:13 AM por k_mccormack k_mccormack | 1 observación | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

lunes, 18 de septiembre de 2023

Berry Springs Park and Preserve Herps of Texas report, 16Sep2023

In spite of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, there was a small group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve again this month.
One amphibian species was observed next to the dry main pond: Blanchard's Cricket Frog (CI = 0). The sloughs were also dry, and there were only isolated pools in the creek.
According to the USGS gauge station at Berry Creek at Airport Road near Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/monitoring-location/08105095/#parameterCode=00065&period=P7D), there had been 1.35 inches of rain over the previous two days after no rain for 3.75 months.
We heard a Common Nighthawk and saw several White-tailed Deer and a large Nine-banded Armadillo at sunset, and saw a small mammal (Nutria ?) after sunset.
The monitoring period was 19:35 - 20:35.
Participants were Kathy, Carolyn, and Amy.
Environmental conditions at the main ponds at sunset:
Air temperature = 78.4 deg F
Water temperature = N/A
Sky = mostly cloudy
Water level = much below average
Relative humidity = 59 %

Publicado el lunes, 18 de septiembre de 2023 a las 07:52 PM por k_mccormack k_mccormack | 1 observación | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

martes, 29 de agosto de 2023

Berry Springs Park and Preserve Herps of Texas report, 28Aug2023

In spite of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, there was a small group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve again this month.
No amphibian species were observed in the sloughs, main ponds, or creek.
According to the USGS gauge station at Berry Creek at Airport Road near Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/monitoring-location/08105095/#parameterCode=00065&period=P7D), there had been no rain since the last monitoring event on July 15, 2023 - the last significant rain was 0.4 inches on May 24, 2023. The sloughs and ponds were dry with only a few isolated pools in the creek. We saw White-tailed Deer and three Yellow-crowned Night Herons at sunset.
The monitoring period was 19:55 - 20:40.
Participants were Kathy, Christie, and Carolyn.
Environmental conditions at the main ponds at sunset:
Air temperature = 86.2 deg F
Water temperature = N/A
Sky = no/few clouds
Water level = much below average
Relative humidity = 32 %

Publicado el martes, 29 de agosto de 2023 a las 04:39 PM por k_mccormack k_mccormack | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

miércoles, 19 de julio de 2023

Berry Springs Park and Preserve Herps of Texas report, 15Jul2023

In spite of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, there was a small group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve again this month.
Five amphibian species were observed in the main ponds: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 2), Blanchard's Cricket Frog (CI = 3), American Bullfrog (CI = 0), Gulf Coast Toad (CI = 0), and Green Treefrog (CI = 2). Photos were obtained for the two species that weren't calling, and recordings were obtained for the three species that were.
According to the USGS gauge station at Berry Creek at Airport Road near Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/monitoring-location/08105095/#parameterCode=00065&period=P7D), there had been no rain since the last monitoring event on June 17, 2023 - the last significant rain was 0.4 inches on May 24, 2023. The sloughs were dry, the water level in the main ponds was down substantially, and no water was running over the main dam. We saw White-tailed Deer, Chimney Swifts, a Yellow-crowned Night Heron, and bats at sunset, and we saw a Virginia Opossum after sunset.
The monitoring period was 20:35 - 21:35.
Participants were Kathy, Christie, Carolyn, and Amy.
Environmental conditions at the main ponds at sunset:
Air temperature = 85.6 deg F
Water temperature = 76.0 deg F
Sky = no/few clouds
Water level = much below average
Relative humidity = 39 %

Publicado el miércoles, 19 de julio de 2023 a las 01:09 AM por k_mccormack k_mccormack | 5 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

miércoles, 21 de junio de 2023

Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 17Jun2023

In spite of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there was a small group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve again this month.
Four amphibian species were observed in the main ponds and sloughs: Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 3), Blanchard's Cricket Frog (CI = 3), American Bullfrog (CI = 2), and Green Treefrog (CI = 3). Photos were obtained for two species, and recordings were obtained for all four species.
According to the USGS gauge station at Berry Creek at Airport Road near Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/monitoring-location/08105095/#parameterCode=00065&period=P7D), there had been 0.4 inches of rain 24 days before monitoring. The ponds and sloughs were full, and water was running over the main dam. We saw a White-tailed Deer drinking from the pond at sunset, and saw two young Nutria eating at the edge of the pond after sunset.
The monitoring period was 20:35 - 21:50.
Participants were Kathy, Christie, and Amy.
Environmental conditions at the main ponds at sunset:
Air temperature = 85.5 deg F
Water temperature = 80.4 deg F
Sky = mostly cloudy
Water level = average
Relative humidity = 56 %

Publicado el miércoles, 21 de junio de 2023 a las 01:37 AM por k_mccormack k_mccormack | 4 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

sábado, 20 de mayo de 2023

Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 15May2023

In spite of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there was a small group outing to Berry Springs Park and Preserve again this month.
Six amphibian species were observed in the main ponds, sloughs, and ditch in the pecan orchard: Western Narrow-mouthed Toad (CI = 3), Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 2), Blanchard's Cricket Frog (CI = 3), Gulf Coast Toad (CI = 2), American Bullfrog (CI = 2), and Green Treefrog (CI = 3). Photos were obtained for three species, and recordings were obtained for all six species.
According to the USGS gauge station at Berry Creek at Airport Road near Georgetown, TX (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/monitoring-location/08105095/#parameterCode=00065&period=P7D), there had been 1.0 inch of rain two days before monitoring. The ponds and sloughs were full, and water was running over the main dam. We saw Common Nighthawk, Green Heron, Pied-billed Grebe, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Franklin's Gull, and bats at sunset, heard Eastern Screech-Owl at sunset, and heard Barred Owl after sunset.
The monitoring period was 20:15 - 21:45.
Participants were Kathy and Christie.
Environmental conditions at the main ponds at sunset:
Air temperature = 72.3 deg F
Water temperature = 74.0 deg F
Sky = mostly cloudy
Water level = above average
Relative humidity = 67 %

Publicado el sábado, 20 de mayo de 2023 a las 02:50 PM por k_mccormack k_mccormack | 6 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario