Roaring Springs, Real County, Texas (August 9-11, 2019)

Brenda and I had a fantastic time at Roaring Springs the weekend of August 9 - 11, 2019, with our friends Michael Crockett, Luz Stella Loza, Luke Browning, and Arlette Vila. The impetus for the trip was wanting to watch the Perseid meteor shower in a place with dark skies. Roaring Springs definitely has dark skies, but we also had a waxing gibbous moon (about 80% full). We saw a few meteors, and the nights were perfect for sitting out in lawn chairs and just enjoying the night and each other's company. It was a sweet weekend.

Roaring Springs Ranch has a high diversity of tree species, including papershell pinyon (Pinus remota), bigtooth maple (Acer grandidentatum), Arizona black walnut (Juglans major), pecan (Carya illinoinensis), and several species of oaks.

I searched the spring run of the Premier Spring of Roaring Springs for Valdina Farms salamander (Eurycea troglodytes), but didn't not find them. https://amphibiaweb.org/species/5375. I'll check again the next time I have a chance.


Brenda enjoying the cool waters of Camp Wood Creek.

(Notes 146: 12-13)

Posted by cliftonladd cliftonladd, August 17, 2019 21:31

Observations

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Papershell Pinyon (Pinus remota)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 9, 2019 04:03 PM CDT

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Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Lithobates berlandieri)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 10, 2019 12:34 AM CDT

Description

Calling with Blanchard's cricket frogs. Captured one by recording it, replaying to get it to come closer, then recorded again (better recording), then playing that one, then turning on the light and grabbing it.

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Arizona Black Walnut (Juglans major)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 10, 2019 02:42 PM CDT

Description

13 leaflets per leaf.

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Chinkapin Oak (Quercus muehlenbergii)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 10, 2019 02:46 PM CDT

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Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 10, 2019 02:47 PM CDT

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Pecan (Carya illinoinensis)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 10, 2019 02:49 PM CDT

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Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 10, 2019 02:50 PM CDT

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Basswood (Tilia americana)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 10, 2019 02:51 PM CDT

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Ashe Juniper (Juniperus ashei)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 10, 2019 02:52 PM CDT

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Bigtooth Maple (Acer grandidentatum)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 10, 2019 02:53 PM CDT

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American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 10, 2019 04:04 PM CDT

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Escarpment Black Cherry (Prunus serotina ssp. eximia)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 10, 2019 05:08 PM CDT

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Whorled Pennywort (Hydrocotyle verticillata)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 10, 2019 05:15 PM CDT

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Greater Duckweed (Spirodela polyrhiza)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 10, 2019 05:17 PM CDT

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Flatsedges (Genus Cyperus)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 10, 2019 05:18 PM CDT

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Common Fig (Ficus carica)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 10, 2019 05:22 PM CDT

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Texas Live Oak (Quercus fusiformis)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 10, 2019 06:57 PM CDT

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Texas Mountain Laurel (Dermatophyllum secundiflorum)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 10, 2019 06:59 PM CDT

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Buckley's Yucca (Yucca constricta)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 10, 2019 07:00 PM CDT

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Lacey Oak (Quercus laceyi)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 10, 2019 07:02 PM CDT

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Flatsedges (Genus Cyperus)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 10, 2019 07:04 PM CDT

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Parrot's Feather (Myriophyllum aquaticum)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 10, 2019 07:06 PM CDT

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Common Water Strider (Aquarius remigis)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 10, 2019 03:31 PM CDT

Description

At Roaring Springs

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Papershell Pinyon (Pinus remota)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 11, 2019 12:57 PM CDT

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Eve's Necklace (Sophora affinis)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 11, 2019 01:33 PM CDT

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Blanchard's Cricket Frog (Acris blanchardi)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 10, 2019 03:56 PM CDT

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White-footed Mouse (Peromyscus leucopus)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 11, 2019 09:56 AM CDT

Description

Caught 4 of these in 30 trap-nights.

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White-footed Mouse (Peromyscus leucopus)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 11, 2019 09:02 AM CDT

Description

Caught 4 of these in 30 trap-nights.

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White-footed Mouse (Peromyscus leucopus)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 11, 2019 10:04 AM CDT

Description

Caught 4 of these in 30 trap-nights.

Photos / Sounds

What

White-footed Mouse (Peromyscus leucopus)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 11, 2019 10:17 AM CDT

Description

Caught 4 of these in 30 trap-nights.

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Caenogastropods (Subclass Caenogastropoda)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 10, 2019 03:15 PM CDT

Description

Submersed and abundant in spring run of Roaring Springs, Real County, Texas. Shell heights approximately 3 to 8 mm. Operculum visible in some (see photos 1 and 2).

Hutchins (2018) keys lead to Potamiopsis lapidaria, but I'm not sure this is right. Cheatum and Fullington (1971) keys don't lead anywhere that looks right.

@benhutchins can you please check this? Thank you. I can also take more pictures, if that would help.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 11, 2019 02:00 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Blanchard's Cricket Frog (Acris blanchardi)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

August 10, 2019 12:12 AM CDT

Description

Recorded calling with one or two Rio Grande leopard frogs (Lithobates berlandieri).

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