Photo © Mark Lockwood
|Long-eared Owl (Asio otus)|
The LEOW finds you. It is up to the bird.
Recently, in the Davis Mountains (no more specific than that for a few valid reasons), TWO nests belonging to LEOW were discovered. Two nests and nestlings. Quite the discovery!
Have LEOW had prior, even annual, nesting in these mountains, only revealed post-fires?
It would seem the last nesting record of this species in Texas was in 1996 from Amarillo.
Excellence number two:
Photo © Cathryn Hoyt
|Spotless Comma/Anglewing (Polygonia haroldii)|
This individual was recently discovered in the Davis Mountains by Dr. Cathy Hoyt.
This is THE FIRST U.S. RECORD for this species.
Is this butterfly a lone ranger, perhaps blown to this location by south winds?
Is there actually an isolated population of the species, uncovered only now post-fires?
Amazing, intriguing, stuff.