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Clay-colored Sparrow Spizella pallida

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 13, 2009 02:21 PM CDT

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Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 13, 2009 02:01 PM CDT

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Bell's Vireo Vireo bellii

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 13, 2009 01:36 PM CDT

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Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 13, 2009 12:27 PM CDT

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What

snow-on-the-mountain Euphorbia marginata

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 13, 2009 12:43 PM CDT

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What

Flies Order Diptera

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 13, 2009 12:43 PM CDT

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What

Rattlebush Sesbania drummondii

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 13, 2009 02:20 PM CDT

Description

It's a mid-sized sparse tree common on our neighborhood trail.

www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=SEDR

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Beelzebub Bee-eater Mallophora leschenaulti

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 13, 2009 12:46 PM CDT

Description

eating a bee

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Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 11, 2009 02:55 PM CDT

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Greater Roadrunner Geococcyx californianus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 11, 2009 12:01 PM CDT

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Zone-tailed Hawk Buteo albonotatus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 11, 2009 11:46 AM CDT

Description

Near the Rio Grande Village campgrounds, we were excited to finally see this Zone-tailed Hawk. They look very much like Turkey Vultures in size and shape. It is thought that they evolved this similarity so potential prey is not as alarmed by them.

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Greater Roadrunner Geococcyx californianus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 11, 2009 11:05 AM CDT

Description

This is the only bird track I know how to identify. Unlike most other birds in Texas, Greater Roadrunners have feet with 2 toes pointing forward and 2 pointing back.

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Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 9, 2009 01:33 PM CDT

Description

Acorn Woodpeckers and Mexican Jays were the 2 most common noisy birds in Pine Canyon. The Acorn Woodpeckers were associated with several large dead pine trees that were literally covered in holes that they woodpeckers had made to put acorns into. You can see a few of the holes on the branch this bird is sitting on.

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Mexican Jay Aphelocoma wollweberi

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 9, 2009 12:15 PM CDT

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Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 9, 2009 11:49 AM CDT

Description

We saw this tiny grey Praying Mantis on the gravel trail on the way to Pine Canyon. It ran very fast and did not move back-and-forth like most mantises I've seen. This one seemed adapted to live on the ground among the rocks.

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Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 8, 2009 05:01 PM CDT

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Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 8, 2009 04:01 PM CDT

Description

drinking from the mud

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What

Mexican Black Bear (Subspecies Ursus americanus eremicus) Ursus americanus ssp. eremicus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 8, 2009 03:35 PM CDT

Description

We passed 2 people on the Window Trail who had seen a Black Bear cross the trail in front of them. There was other evidence of bears on the trail too, like this big pile of poop!

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Grasshoppers Suborder Caelifera

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 8, 2009 02:33 PM CDT

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Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 8, 2009 12:22 PM CDT

Description

These large black and orange grasshoppers were very common in the park. They were dramatically colored, and showed bring pink when they spread their wings, and made a loud clicking when they flew.

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Dickcissel Spiza americana

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 8, 2009 09:30 AM CDT

Description

This was the only Dickcissel we saw on the trip. It's a female that happened to tbe perched up on a plant as we drove by. I stopped and it stayed there long enough for this photo.

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Verdin Auriparus flaviceps

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 8, 2009 09:25 AM CDT

Description

These little yellow-faced birds were quite common in the park.

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Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 8, 2009 08:37 AM CDT

Description

The park was full of Loggerhead Shrike, like this one perched on a "Crown of Thorns" plant.

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Cactus Wren Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 7, 2009 08:07 PM CDT

Description

Cactus Wrens were one of the most common birds in the Big Bend area.

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TarĂ¡ntulas (Genus Aphonopelma) Genus Aphonopelma

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 7, 2009 05:43 PM CDT

Description

Spotted this on the road as we were driving. We stopped and turned around to see it up close and get some pictures.

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Cassin's Kingbird Tyrannus vociferans

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 7, 2009 04:07 PM CDT

Description

The strong white cheek and black tail with slightly white trailing edge are distinctive.

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javelina Pecari tajacu

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 7, 2009 05:10 PM CDT

Description

You can see the yellow tusks in this photo.

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Virginia Opossum Didelphis virginiana

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 6, 2009 10:11 AM CDT

Description

This possum just wandered into view as I was standing by the creek counting ducks and shorebirds.

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Ringtail Bassariscus astutus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

January 12, 2009 08:23 PM CST

Description

Taken by John Mandell on Sherbourne St. From John:

"This is not a very great photo (through the glass door), but you can see the beautiful tail on this cool animal. We've gotten 2 really good views and a few suspected glimpses, but none recently. This was Jan 2009 in our back yard."

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What

Largemouth Bass Micropterus salmoides

Observer

mikaelb

Date

January 25, 2009 09:31 AM CST

Description

There's a Red-tailed Hawk on the cell phone tower in the background.

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