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Scaled Quail Callipepla squamata

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gcwarbler

Date

April 8, 2018 05:04 PM CDT

Description

A pair of quail were about 50 yards away, hiding in deep shade under a picnic canopy. I zoomed out to the max with my litte Canon point-and-hope camera and tried to get a steady handheld image. This was more in the vein of practicing with the camera in anticipation of needing to take this type of image of something rarer in the future. (More hoping...)

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Jalisco Petrophila Petrophila jaliscalis

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

April 8, 2018 04:53 PM CDT

Description

The occurrence of this species at Balmorhea SP is not a surprise since the species is common to the E and W, but MPG has no occurrences in the (arid) Trans-Pecos of Texas. This begins to fill in the gap. There were several fresh examples of this species on the walls of the buildings at the pool/springs.

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Date

April 8, 2018 04:57 PM CDT

Description

I might be able to pin this down to species when I return to my references at home.

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Waved Sphinx Ceratomia undulosa

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

April 8, 2018 04:55 PM CDT

Description

This Waved Sphinx had just emerged and had just expanded its wings as it clung to the side of a building. This is an interesting record--the further west in Texas that I can find, and a first Trans-Pecos record for the species.

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Dwarf Tawny Wave Cyclophora nanaria

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

April 8, 2018 04:56 PM CDT

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Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

April 8, 2018 05:04 PM CDT

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gcwarbler

Date

April 8, 2018 12:52 PM CDT

Description

I stopped by the Judge Roy Bean Visitors Center in hopes of encountering a sighting of the rare @leehoy, but, alas, all I got to see was some of his pet moths.

There was clearly a major flight of Philtraea happening. Here is a sample of the more than dozen examples that were perched on/around the Judge Roy Bean facility.

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Date

April 8, 2018 12:53 PM CDT

Description

I stopped by the Judge Roy Bean Visitors Center in hopes of encountering a sighting of the rare @leehoy, but, alas, all I got to see was some of his pet moths.

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Chalky Bird Dropping Moth Acontia cretata

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

April 8, 2018 12:53 PM CDT

Description

I stopped by the Judge Roy Bean Visitors Center in hopes of encountering a sighting of the rare @leehoy, but, alas, all I got to see was some of his pet moths.

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Ornate Tree Lizard Urosaurus ornatus

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

April 8, 2018 12:01 PM CDT

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Rock Wren Salpinctes obsoletus

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

April 8, 2018 11:45 AM CDT

Description

This Rock Wren sang and sang from a telephone pole right next to me while I was studying plants...so he got documented.

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Blue-fronted Dancer Argia apicalis

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

April 8, 2018 11:33 AM CDT

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Black Vulture Coragyps atratus

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

April 8, 2018 10:48 AM CDT

Description

We all (iNat BioBlitzers) passed by this vulture several times during our 4 day event. I finally documented the roadkill on my way out of town on the 8th.

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Arid Land Ribbon Snake Thamnophis proximus ssp. diabolicus

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

April 6, 2018 06:43 PM CDT

Description

Not sure of the subspecies here at Amistad. This example had a very dull orange dorsal stripe. I interrupted his dinner of a small Gulf Coast Toad.

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Gulf Coast Toad Incilius nebulifer

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

April 6, 2018 06:43 PM CDT

Description

I interrupted the evening meal of this Redstripe Ribbon Snake.

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American Coot Fulica americana

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

April 6, 2018 05:31 PM CDT

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Estelle's Giant-Skipper Agathymus estelleae ssp. valverdiensis

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

April 7, 2018 12:34 PM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

This giant-skipper occurs only very locally in SW Texas and northern Mexico. As well, it apparently has a brief Spring flight period--unusual for the Agathymus giant-skippers. My thanks to @upupamartin for helping with the ID and page.

Also known as the Coahuila Giant-Skipper, this species goes by "A. remingtoni" on BG.
https://bugguide.net/node/view/241410

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Hooded Oriole Icterus cucullatus

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

April 6, 2018 02:06 PM CDT

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Notched-tipped Flower Longhorn Beetle Typocerus sinuatus

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

April 4, 2018 04:11 PM CDT

Description

The last image shows the characteristic tips of the elytra.

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gcwarbler

Date

April 4, 2018 04:33 PM CDT

Description

Feeding on an as-yet-unidentified Asteraceae flower (poss. Senecio). This beetle is likely to be M. cervicalis but I did not get a crisp enough photo to examine the details for ID.

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Crete Weed Hedypnois cretica

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

April 4, 2018 12:27 PM CDT

Description

I was disappointed to find this invasive weed has made its way to this state park. I saw a few plants along the trail to the "Acorn Blind" near the RV camping area.

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gcwarbler

Date

April 4, 2018 04:19 PM CDT

Description

This moth was photographed along the Sunrise Trail near the HQ of Amistad Nat. Rec. Area, in habitat dominated by South Texas thornbrush (ceniza, blackbrush acacia, huisache, mesquite). As a result, I'm pretty sure this very faded Geometer is going to be Rindgea disparcata. I don't think it's close relative R. parcata is supposed to occur as far east as Val Verde County, despite the dots on the MPG map. I'm leaving this example at the genus level.

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Rufous-banded Crambid Moth Mimoschinia rufofascialis

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

April 4, 2018 08:42 AM CDT

Description

Sorry for the blurry image. I was sorely disappointed on my travel from Austin to Del Rio for the almost total lack of moths or other insects in the windows of convenience stores along the route. It was a cool, windy morning, and that probably had something to do with it. This is literally the only moth I found in about 8 stops at such venues.

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Indomitable Melipotis Melipotis indomita

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

April 4, 2018 10:34 AM CDT

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Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

April 4, 2018 12:29 PM CDT

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Variegated Fritillary Euptoieta claudia

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

April 4, 2018 03:58 PM CDT

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Reakirt's Blue Echinargus isola

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

April 4, 2018 04:09 PM CDT

Description

First image: Nectaring on Guajillo (Acacia berlandieri).

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Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

April 4, 2018 03:27 PM CDT

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Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

April 4, 2018 11:59 AM CDT

Description

In my continuing series of "Not Quite Audubon Cover Quality" bird images, I offer this study of a male Vermillion Flycatcher that just did not want to be photographed. For one of the more photogenic (read: photobombing) birds, he certainly had issues.

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Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

Observer

gcwarbler

Date

April 4, 2018 12:40 PM CDT

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