Friday, August 8, 2014
Friday, August 1, 2014
This is just a handful (heh... heh...) of the moths that turned up at the lights last night. High humidity and outward facing walls in a canyon of mixed high desert scrub and oaks... well, the results far surpassed my highest expectations and I did a pretty sad job of documenting things (photo quality being the least of my feeble documentation problems, unfortunately).
Really, I just wanted to play with them.
Ye olde, familiar White-lined Sphinx, Hyles lineata. I stopped counting at eight.
Never turn your back on Hubbard's Small Silkmoth, they are fiesty! I just wanted to get that deep watermelon pink of the hindwing somewhere in the post...
Cobubatha spp, for kicks. ID suggestions welcomed! Two or three present overnight.
If not terribly mistaken, this tiny Bigfoot is Euclea incisa - only one was around last night, but two weeks ago the numbers ranged nearly to double digits. It really needs a good common name. Saddleblanket Moth seems a bit unwieldy though. But it is wearing a green blanket...
* Many thanks to Sky Stevens for permission and encouragement with the blacklighting at her place just west of Alpine! Brewster County does snag a few Jeff Davis Co species here!
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Slightly adapted from an email sent by Bill Sain of Alpine, TX:
(From Sunday, July 6, 2014)
No Montezuma Quail at Davis Mountains State Park this morning but I did see a pair on the road three miles from the picnic area [LE Woods picnic area, past the McDonald Observatory - h]. I did see a Hepatic Tanager at DMSP. There appears to be nesting Cooper's Hawks at the picnic area. There were five teachers from Weslaco camping there and they were asking me about a hawk they kept seeing. Sounded like a Coopers to me (poor photos also showed a Coop) but one was adamant it was a Peregrine. The other folks looked at their bird book and agreed that they had seen a Coopers. I walked along the road and flushed an unknown hawk from a tree. It did not go far so I searched the area and found a young Coopers in the tree the first hawk flushed from. I don't know if the flushed bird was an adult or another juvenile. The hawks were in the area where I saw Plumbeous Vireo last year...didn't see or hear any vireos there this year. No Gray Flycatchers either. Both the park and the picnic area were extremely busy today...it was not easy to bird there dodging people, cars, and noise. Three year birds for the day, the quail, tanager and the Western Wood-Pewee.
While we are in limbo, emailed reports of all kinds are appreciated!