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September 2008

Sep 1 Defiance County Ohio Aspacher/SR 18.  An OSPREY greets us as we arrive back home, in a field with three RedTailed Hawks (both in South Texas only in winter).  I'll have little time for birding but I can't help but notice the obvious as we fly into Detroit:  the Canada Geese and Mallards and RingBilled Gulls etc none common in South Texas.  Wauseon's Reservoir is empty:  not time for duck migration yet evidently.

Sep 2 Williams County, Ohio I explored the Joint Water Management Project (aka 16/C). Just the usual birds: 354 Canada Geese, 2 Mallards (neither seen in South Texas!), 2 Great Blue Heron, 1 Turkey Vulture, 1 RedTailed Hawk, 1 Kestrel (both seen only in Winter in South Texas), 5 Crows (NEVER seen in South Texas), 1 Belted Kingfisher (a winter bird only in South Texas), 138 Killdeer, 6 Mourning Doves, 1 Eastern Kingbird, 34 Barn Swallows, 20 Starlings, 2 House Sparrows.  Evidently shorebirds aren't migrating yet.

Sep 3 Paulding County Ohio Black Swamp Nature Center Canada Goose    60, Wood Duck    22, Mallard    6 (none common in South Texas), Great Blue Heron    2, Green Heron    7, Killdeer    27, Spotted Sandpiper    3, Mourning Dove    15, Chimney Swift    2, Belted Kingfisher    2, Red-headed Woodpecker    1, Red-bellied Woodpecker    6, Downy Woodpecker    4, Hairy Woodpecker    1, (none of these Woodpeckers are in South Texas), Eastern Wood-Pewee    2, Eastern Kingbird    5, Warbling Vireo    3, Blue Jay    10, Tree Swallow    34, House Wren    5, American Robin    15, Gray Catbird    7, Brown Thrasher    1, European Starling    32, Savannah Sparrow    1, Song Sparrow    4, Northern Cardinal    2, Red-winged Blackbird    60, Common Grackle    2 (only 2 on the entire trip!), Brown-headed Cowbird    12, House Finch    2, American Goldfinch    10

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Sep 5 Independence Dam DefianceCo OH Canada Goose    25, Wood Duck    8, Mallard    1, Double-crested Cormorant    1, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret    1, Turkey Vulture, Osprey    1, Bald Eagle 2, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper,Solitary Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Ring-billed Gull    10, Black Tern 4, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo    1, Blue Jay, Barn Swallow, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren    3, House Wren    1, American Robin, Gray Catbird, European Starling, Northern Cardinal

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Sep 7 Paulding Sewage Lagoons Casual stop with non-birder reveals 2 Ruddy Ducks, a Mallard, and many Bank, Cliff, Barn and Tree Swallows.

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Sep 8 Sherwood DefianceCo Ohio A simple walk around the block of our old home:  Canada Goose    350, Wood Duck    54, Great Blue Heron    1, Turkey Vulture    1, Bald Eagle    1 a Juvenile flying overhead, an uncommon occurence!, Red-tailed Hawk    1, American Kestrel    1, Killdeer    11, Lesser Yellowlegs    2, Rock Pigeon    20, Mourning Dove    31, Chimney Swift    6, Ruby-throated Hummingbird    2, Belted Kingfisher    1, Red-bellied Woodpecker    2, Downy Woodpecker    1, Northern Flicker    4, Red-eyed Vireo    1, Blue Jay    25, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee    3, Tufted Titmouse    1, American Robin    34, Gray Catbird    6, European Starling    55, Cedar Waxwing    26, Northern Cardinal    5, Red-winged Blackbird    30, House Finch    2, American Goldfinch    11, House Sparrow    30

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Sep 9 Magee Marsh Boardwalk, a quick one-way walk with a non-birder but still fantastic!: Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Mallard, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Green Heron, Bald Eagle    1, Red-tailed Hawk    1, Ring-billed Gull, Eastern Wood-Pewee    6, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher    1, Eastern Phoebe    3, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo    1, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, House Wren, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Swainson's Thrush, Wood Thrush    1, American Robin, Gray Catbird, European Starling, Tennessee Warbler, Nashville Warbler,Northern Parula    1, Magnolia Warbler, Cape May Warbler    2, Black-throated Blue Warbler    6, the males truly outstanding!, Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler    1, American Redstart    10, Wilson's Warbler    1 gorgeous male, Canada Warbler    1 gorgeous male, Northern Cardinal, Rusty Blackbird, American Goldfinch but no Yellow Warblers and no Grackles, which must’ve taken off already for parts south. A fawn, still very small with spots, casually munched alongside the boardwalk, too.

Sep 13 Harlingen's Hugh Ramsey Park I was very distracted by the numerous butterflies and dragonflies here today: 5 Buckeyes,Dainty Sulphur,Mestras, 4 GreatSouthernWhites, Lantana and Scrub-Hairstreaks, Mexican Bluewing, White Peacocks,etc and even more distracting were the Broad-winged Hawks I kept scaring out of the trees in the park, the first one at 9:50am and the last at 11:25am:  Great Blue Heron    1, Sharp-shinned Hawk    1, Cooper's Hawk    1, Harris's Hawk    2, Broad-winged Hawk    26, Laughing Gull    4, White-winged Dove    37, Mourning Dove    4, Inca Dove    1, White-tipped Dove    1, Yellow-billed Cuckoo    1, Common Nighthawk    1, Chimney Swift    4, Buff-bellied Hummingbird    7, Ruby-throated Hummingbird    1, Golden-fronted Woodpecker    13, Ladder-backed Woodpecker    3, Olive-sided Flycatcher    1, Brown-crested Flycatcher    1, Great Kiskadee    10, Couch's Kingbird    5, White-eyed Vireo    1, Verdin    2, Bewick's Wren    6, Northern Mockingbird    5, Curve-billed Thrasher    9, Olive Sparrow    7, Northern Cardinal    4, Red-winged Blackbird    1, Great-tailed Grackle    5, Baltimore Oriole    4, Lesser Goldfinch    2, House Sparrow    3  Harlingen City Lake Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    104, Snowy Egret    3, Laughing Gull    19, Forster's Tern    3, Tropical Kingbird    3, Great-tailed Grackle    5, House Sparrow    30

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Sep 14 Bentsen Hawk Watch Mary had called earlier in the week to say that Jesus had seen, and she and Jose had caught an ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, and that it was the same one that was banded here at the park last year-- and sure enough it was at the feeders this morning.  At the hawktower:  Plain Chachalaca 6, Northern Bobwhite 1, Least Grebe 2, Pied-billed Grebe 4, Neotropic Cormorant 1, Great Blue Heron 1, Turkey Vulture 20, White-tailed Kite 2, Harris's Hawk 2, Broad-winged Hawk 194, Swainson's Hawk 1, American Kestrel 1, Common Moorhen 1, American Coot 10, Killdeer 1, White-winged Dove 32, Mourning Dove 4, Inca Dove 1, Common Ground-Dove 3, Groove-billed Ani 20, Chimney Swift X, Golden-fronted Woodpecker 4, Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1, Couch's Kingbird 8, Green Jay 2, Barn Swallow 16, Yellow Warbler (Northern) 1, Olive Sparrow 2, Northern Cardinal 3, Great-tailed Grackle 4, Hooded Oriole 1, Altamira Oriole 1, Baltimore Oriole 1 (which were gone from Ohio last week). Looking through the menagerie that had collected while I was gone I found a lot of Gulf Fritillary chrysales, one of which had already metamorphised into a flying adult. I let her loose, then explored the rest of the collection: still the Black-striped Snake, a tiny Great Plains Rat Snake, a centipede capable of a vicious bite, and a wonderful caterpillar (pictured above), the first I've seen of the Ello Sphinx! I hurried down to Mary's with Tom to see her Broad-Banded Swallowtail in her yard, but no such luck. There was a Mournful Duskywing among the many feeding on her duranta however.  Five Black Witches and a beautiful Vine Sphinx were out in broad daylight, with a Mexican Bluewing and a Malachite.

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Sep 15 Bentsen My first Great Redheaded Centipede!  They get to be about 8" long, and uses poison to kill the moths and other bugs it eats, "In the mid 1920s, Dr. Baerg tested the effect of the venom by inducing a centipede to bite one of his little fingers, leaving the fangs inserted for about four seconds. The bite was followed by a sharp and strictly local pain, which began to subside noticeably after about 15 minutes. In about two hours the pain was only very slight, but there was a general swelling in the finger. Three hours after the bite, most symptoms had disappeared..." so it is poisonous, but terribly so for humans.  But "...According to one story cited by Dr. Baerg, an officer in the Confederate Army, while sleeping in his tent, was suddenly aroused by the creepy feeling of a large centipede crawling on his chest. A number of spots of deep red, forming a broad streak, indicated the arthropod’s passage across the man’s chest and abdomen. Violent pain and convulsions soon set in, accompanied by excessive swelling in the bitten area. The victim fought with death for two days and then succumbed. The agony suffered by the bitten officer was described by an eyewitness as the most frightful he had ever observed. The famed arthopod scientist J. L. Cloudsley-Thompson once explained that 'centipedes seem to exert a weird fascination on the morbid appetites of the hysterical and insane.'" so I'm not going to test the theories myself.

Sep 17 Lake Corpus Christi had pretty much the same birds we have.  We were there for a meeting so we had no time to bird at all, but we did happen to notice Mottled Duck 2, Blue-winged Teal 1, Neotropic Cormorant 1, Great Egret 1, Cattle Egret, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, White-tailed Hawk 1, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Laughing Gull, Forster's Tern, Rock Pigeon, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, White-tipped Dove, Greater Roadrunner 2, Belted Kingfisher,Golden-fronted Woodpecker, LadderBacked Woodpecker,Barn Swallow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, European Starling, Great-tailed Grackle.  My Harlingen backyard has had a BRAZILIAN SKIPPER in it for three days no.

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Sep 18 Bentsen Driving in the service road to the office were two Kestrels, Bobwhites, Lark Sparrow, Anis, Hooded Orioles... but then it got even better! Dennis Paulson, author of the 2005 huge shorebird book, also probably the world's #1 dragonfly guy had just found the first Texan BlueStriped Spreadwing at Santa Ana, as well as seen the rare Cream-Tipped Swampdamsel. He pulled out of his pocket a live Pale Green Darner, and showed us all.  A Banded Peacock, Two-Barred Flasher, a Malachite, EIGHT Mexican Ground Squirrels in one spot-- great day. Very casual birding, but did happen to notice: Plain Chachalaca, Northern Bobwhite, Turkey Vulture, Osprey 2, American Kestrel 2, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Inca Dove, Common Ground-Dove, Groove-billed Ani, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Great Kiskadee, Couch's Kingbird (many in groups of 10, evidently ready to migrate), Green Jay, Northern Mockingbird, Lark Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Bronzed Cowbird, Hooded Oriole, House Sparrow

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Sep 19 Combes Hurricane Dolly and the recent three inches of rain has been good for birds along Expressway 77.  In one spot:  Black-bellied Whistling-Duck    366, Fulvous Whistling-Duck    6, Least Grebe    1, Neotropic Cormorant    47, Anhinga    1, Great Blue Heron    2, Great Egret    94, Snowy Egret    56, Little Blue Heron    2, Tricolored Heron    1, Cattle Egret    328, Green Heron    1, Roseate Spoonbill    25, Wood Stork    35, Harris's Hawk    2, Crested Caracara    1, American Coot    6, Black-necked Stilt    4, Least Sandpiper    250, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Couch's Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike 1, Northern Mockingbird, RedWinged Blackbird,  Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole    5, House Sparrow

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Sep 20  Harlingen  Haven't seen a Queen caterpillar for some time-- this one's in my backyard.

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Sept 22 Bentsen Monday was spectacular. Josh and I escorted the new South Padre Island World Birding Center's newly-chosen leader around the park, having a great time in general, but also stumbling upon a BLUE-SPOTTED COMET DARNER.  Near the hawktower, this was the fourth US record, and I missed the photo opportunity as it is so hard to auto-focus when the critter is in a tree twenty feet in the air!   I was happy to point out a Guava Skipper (my first of the season) to a group, extremely cooperative in contrast with the Comet Darner, resting under a leaf for close-up photo ops. At least four Malachites and seven Banded Peacocks, ten White Peacocks in one group alone, two Zebras leap-frogging one another, piles of forty or so Tawny Emperors, a Silver Emperor in the park-- the butterflies are really showing up for the butterfly festival coming up.  The very best part of this very good day, however, was the wonderful CHECKERED GARTER SNAKE Josh found under our Passionflower in the Turk's Cap Bush! This is only the second one I've ever seen, the first being eaten by an Indigo Snake.

Sep 24 Bentsen 5 Giant Swallowtails, 6 Great Southern Whites, 12 Cloudless Sulphurs, 15 Large Orange Sulphurs,1 ORANGE-BARRED SULPHUR, 5 Lyside Sulphurs, 9 Southern Dogfaces, 1 TAILED ORANGE, 7 Little Yellows, 1 Mimosa Yellow, 5 Gray Hairstreaks, 2 Dusky-Blue Groundstreaks, 2 Mallow Scrub-Hairstreaks, 1 Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak, 3 Clytie Ministreaks, 2 Western Pygmy-Blues, 1 Ceraunus Blue, 3 Fatal Metalmarks, 43 Red-Bordered Metalmarks, 270 American Snouts, 20 Gulf Fritillaries, 16 Bordered Patches, 2 Zebra Heliconians, 1 CRIMSON PATCH, 1 THEONA CHECKERSPOT, 1 VESTA CRESCENT, 25 Phaon Crescents, 1 Pale-Banded Crescent, 19 Pearl Crescents, 60 White Peacocks, 7 BANDED PEACOCKS, 1 MALACHITE, 5 Common Mestras, 1 RED RIM,  MEXICAN BLUEWING, 36 Tropical Leafwings, 4 Empress Leilias, 104 Tawny Emperors, 6 Queens, 1 Soldier, 1 Carolina Satyr, 15 Brown Longtails, 1 WHITE-STRIPED LONGTAIL, 23 Sickle-Winged Skippers, 11 Brown-Banded Skippers, 14 White-Patched Skippers, 3 White-Checkered Skippers, 1 Tropical Checkered-Skipper, 15 Laviana White-Skippers, 77 Clouded Skippers, 19 Fiery Skippers, 5 Whirlabouts, 7 Common Mellanas, 18 Celia’s Roadside-Skippers-- our Butterfly Walk for the day.

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Sep 25 Resaca de Las Palmas, Brownsville My first visit to this newest State Park, Resaca de la Palma, was a computer class on Outlook. The class was gentle, and perhaps I learned a few new things, but the best part was getting the park preview before its opening December 7. An Orange-Barred Sulphur, low and not shy at all about showing us his beautiful orange upperside spots, and a Blue Metalmark (shown above) were the highlights of actual fauna.

Sep 27 rural LaJoya  It was great fun, the ranch was really neat when it was pitch black outside except for the bbq fire, with a RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, a couple Screech Owls, a Tropical Checkered-Skipper, Ani, Caracara, Kestrels, Couch's Kingbirds, Kiskadees, etc

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Sep 29 Resaca de Las Palmas Brownsville Josh, Jose and I were "working" today on a dragonfly-training on this my second visit to this State Park, with a powerpoint presentation and walk. It was great fellowship and great fun and great bugs. The rare THREE-STRIPED DASHER was the best dragonfly in my humble opinion. Josh thought the TWELVE-SPOTTED SKIMMER was perhaps a first photo record for Cameron County! Josh, Jose and I all got great photos of this bug. Only one damselfly: Rambur's Forktail. Other dragonflies included Common Green Darner, Red-Tailed Pennant, Pin-Tailed Pondhawk, Eastern Pondhawk, Band-Winged Dragonlet, Thornbush-, Spot-Tailed-, and Blue Dashers, Roseate Skimmer, Wandering Glider, Eastern Amberwing and Black and Red Saddlebags. The only mammal was a Coyote. Reptiles/amphibians were a Ribbon Snake, Couch's Spadefoot, Gulf Coast Toad and Six-lined Racerunners. Twining Tortaphonia was a new plant. Silvered Prominent caterpillars were on the balloonvine look-alike. Birds: Neotropical Cormorant, Least/Pied-Billed Grebes, Black-Bellied Whistling-Ducks, Anis, Snowy Egrets,Kiskadees, Mockingbirds, Mourning and White-Winged Doves, Green Jays, Gray and Broad-Winged Hawks, White-Tailed Kites (three in one spot), my first VERMILION FLYCATCHER of the year, an immature male, RINGED KINGFISHER, Couch's Kingbirds, a Yellow Warbler, Barn Swallows, Coots, Ruby-Throated Hummingbird. Butterflies were incidental but still good with over a dozen Mexican Bluewings, over a dozen Band-Celled Sisters, a Blue Metal mark, a MIMOSA SKIPPER, Giant Swallowtail, Great Southern Whites, Little Yellow, Southern Dogface, Large Orange and Cloudless Sulphurs, Tawny Emperors, White Peacocks, Bordered Patches, Red-Bordered and Fatal Metalmarks, Carolina Satyr, Brown Longtails, Zebra Longwing, JULIA HELICONIAN, Clouded and Fiery Skippers, Laviana White-Skipper, White Checkered-Skipper, Sickle-Winged Skipper, Southern Skipperlings, Celia's Roadside-Skipper. Insects included a Unicorn Mantis, an Assassin Bug, Backswimmers, Diving Beetles, Eye Gnats, Wooly Hackberry Aphid, a Tussock Moth Caterpillars, Bordered Patch caterpillars... probably more. I can't believe I remembered all of that!

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Sep 30 Bentsen Mexican or Tamaulipan Hook-nosed Snake Adults are from 7 to 11 inches long, so this tiny snake is most likely truly an adult. They eat mostly spiders and centipedes, which explains why ours was found in the park ladies' restroom <grin>. Slow-moving and harmless, its greatest defense is a popping sound it makes with its cloaca (that is--, farting) !  I couldn't get him to make any noise at all though.

Bentsen State Park Sightings for the month of Sep 2008  **area specialties

Mexican Duck

Mottled Duck

BlueWinged Teal—Mary Beth Stowe 9/19

 **Plain Chachalaca

Northern Bobwhite

Least Grebe

Pied-Billed Grebe

Anhinga—

 Great Blue Heron—

10 Great Egret

Cattle Egret—Josh 9/26

Green Heron

Turkey Vulture

Black Vulture

White-Tailed Kite

MISSISSIPPI KITE—Josh 9/1

Cooper’s Hawk

Gray Hawk

Harris’s Hawk

20 Broad-Winged Hawk

Swainson’s Hawk

**Crested Caracara—

American Kestrel—9/14

Sora—Mary Beth Stowe 9/19

Common Moorhen

American Coot—

Killdeer

Solitary Sandpiper—Mary Beth Stowe 9/19

White-Winged Dove

30 Mourning Dove

Inca Dove—

Common Ground-Dove

**White-Tipped Dove

Yellow-Billed Cuckoo

Greater Roadrunner

**Groove-Billed Ani

BARN OWL—Josh Night Hike 9/12

Eastern Screech-Owl

ELF OWL—Jose Night Hike 9/3

40 Lesser Nighthawk—9/11 Night Hike

Common Nighthawk—9/11 Night Hike

**Common Pauraque—9/11 Night Hike

CHUCK-WILL’s-WIDOW—9/11 Night Hike

**Buff-Bellied Hummingbird

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

ALLEN’S HUMMINGBIRD—Jesus Franco 9/9

Black-Chinned Hummingbird

**Ringed Kingfisher

Green Kingfisher—Mary Beth Stowe 9/19

50 **Golden-Fronted Woodpecker

Ladder-Backed Woodpecker

**Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet

Black Phoebe—Josh

GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER—Mary Beth Stowe 9/19

Brown-Crested Flycatcher

**Great Kiskadee

**Couch’s Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird—Mary Beth Stowe 9/19

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

60 Loggerhead Shrike—Mary Beth Stowe 9/19

White-Eyed Vireo

**Green Jay

Bank Swallow—Mary Beth Stowe 9/19

Cave Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-Crested Titmouse—Mary Beth Stowe 9/19

BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER—Josh 9/15

Northern Mockingbird—John 8/4

**Long-Billed Thrasher—Mary Beth Stowe 9/19

70 YELLOW WARBLER

**Olive Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Blue Grosbeak –9/22 John/Josh/Cate Hawktower

PAINTED BUNTING—9/22 John/Josh/Cate Hawktower

Indigo Bunting

Red-Winged Blackbird

Great-Tailed Grackle

Bronzed Cowbird

80 Hooded Oriole

 **Altamira Oriole

Baltimore Oriole—Hawk Watch 9/14/08

House Sparrow

Reptiles/Amphibians

BLACK-STRIPED SNAKE

Blue Spiny Lizard

Bullsnake—9/13

CHECKERED GARTER SNAKE—Josh 9/22

Cane Toad

Couch’s Spadefoot

Great Plains Rat Snake

Gulf Coast Toad   

Mediterranean Gecko

Rio Grande Leopard Frog

Texas Spiny Lizard

Texas Spotted Whiptail

Texas Tortoise

Butterflies  

Pipevine Swallowtail—Josh 9/6

BLACK SWALLOWTAIL—Mike Rickard 9/10

Giant Swallowtail—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

Great Southern White—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

Giant White—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

ORANGE SULPHUR—Mike Rickard 9/3

Cloudless Sulphur—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

Large Orange Sulphur——Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

ORANGE-BARRED SULPHUR—Mike Rickard 9/3

10 Lyside Sulphur——Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

Dainty Sulphur—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

Southern Dogface—Mary Beth Stowe 9/19

TAILED ORANGE—Mike Rickard 9/3

Little Yellow—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

Sleepy Orange—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

Gray Hairstreak—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

Dusky Blue Groundstreak

MARIUS HAIRSTREAK—Martin Reid 9/5

Mallow Scrub-Hairstreak—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

20 Lantana Scrub-Hairstreak—Mike Rickard 9/3

CLENCH’S GREENSTREAK--Mike Rickard 9/3

Clytie Ministreak—Mike Rickard 9/3

Western Pygmy-Blue—Mike Rickard 9/3

Ceraunus Blue—Mike Rickard 9/3

Fatal Metalmark—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

Rounded Metalmark—Mike Rickard 9/3

Red-Bordered Metalmark—Mike Rickard 9/3

RED-BORDERED PIXIE—Josh 9/6

American Snout—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

Gulf Fritillary——Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

30 Mexican Fritillary—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

ZEBRA HELICONIAN—Josh 9/19

Bordered Patch—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

CRIMSON PATCH—Josh 9/6

ROSITA PATCH—Josh 9/6

Theona Checkerspot—Tom Pendleton 9/12

Elada Checkerspot—Mary Beth Stowe 9/18

Vesta Crescemt—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

Phaon Crescent—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

Pale-Banded Crescent——Mike Rickard 9/3

40 Pearl Crescent—Mike Rickard 9/3

Red Admiral—Josh 9/12

TROPICAL BUCKEYE—Mike Rickard 9/3

White Peacock—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

BANDED PEACOCK

MALACHITE—John 9/14

Common Mestra—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

RED RIM—Butterfly Walk 9/24

MEXICAN BLUEWING—Anne Toal 9/1

Tropical Leafwing—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

50 Hackberry Emperor—Josh 9/6

Empress Leilia—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

Tawny Emperor—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

Silver Emperor—Josh 9/14

Queen—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

Soldier—Mike Rickard 9/3

DORANTES LONGTAIL—Mike Rickard 9/10

Brown Longtail—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

WHITE-STRIPED LONGTAIL—Mike Rickard 9/10

Zilpa Longtail—Mike Rickard 9/3

60 Common Sootywing—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

Texas Powdered-Skipper—Butterfly Walk 9/3

Sickle-Winged Skipper—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

Brown-Banded Skipper——Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

White-Patched Skipper—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

POTRILLO SKIPPER—Tom Pendleton 9/12

HORACE’S DUSKYWING—Mike Rickard 9/9

Mournful Duskywing—Mike Rickard 9/3

White Checkered-Skipper—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

Tropical Checkered-Skipper—Mike Rickard 9/3

70 ERICHSON’S WHITE-SKIPPER—Mike Rickard 9/8

Laviana White-Skipper—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

Turk’s Cap White-Skipper—Mike Rickard 9/3

GOLD-HEADED SCALLOPWING—Mike Rickard 9/3

Julia’s Skipper—Mike Rickard 9/3

Fawn-Spotted Skipper—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

Clouded Skipper—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

 Southern Skipperling—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

Fiery Skipper—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

Southern Broken-Dash—Josh 9/6

80  Whirlabout—Mike Rickard 9/3

COMMON MELLANA——Mike Rickard 9/3

NYSA ROADSIDE-SKIPPER—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

Celia’s Roadside-Skipper—Mary Beth Stowe 9/1

Eufala Skipper—Josh 9/6

PURPLE-WASHED SKIPPER—Mike Rickard 9/10

BRAZILIAN SKIPPER—Mike Rickard 9/19

Mammals

Bat

Black-Tailed Jackrabbit

Bobcat

Collared Peccary

Coyote

Eastern Cottontail

Mexican Ground Squirrel

Nine-Banded Armadillo

Northern Raccoon

Dragonflies

Smoky Rubyspot—Dragonfly Walk 9/12

Amelia’s Threadtail—Dragonfly Walk 9/12

Coral FrontedThreadtail—Dragonfly Walk 9/12

Powdered Dancer—Dragonfly Walk 9/12

Blue-Fronted Dancer—Dragonfly Walk 9/12

Blue-Ringed Dancer—Dragonfly Walk 9/12

BLUE-SPOTTED COMET DARNERJosh 9/22 3rd US RECORD!

Caribbean Darner—Martin Reid 9/22

Dusky Dancer—Dragonfly Walk 9/12

10 DoubleStriped Bluet—Dragonfly Walk 9/12

Neotropical Bluet—Dragonfly Walk 9/12

Orange Bluet—Dragonfly Walk 9/12

Rambur’s Forktail—Dragonfly Walk 9/12

Caribbean Yellowface—Dragonfly Walk 9/12

Common Green Darner—Dragonfly Walk 9/12

Broad-Striped Forceptail—Dragonfly Walk 9/26

Ringed Forceptail—Dragonfly Walk 9/12

RedTailed Pennant—Dragonfly Walk 9/12

Four-Spotted Pennant—Dragonfly Walk 9/26

20 Swift Setwing—Dragonfly Walk 9/26

Black Setwing—Dragonfly Walk 9/12

Eastern Pondhawk—Dragonfly Walk 9/12

PinTailed Pondhawk—Josh

BandWinged Dragonlet—Dragonfly Walk 9/26

SpotTailed Dasher—Dragonfly Walk 9/26

Thornbush Dasher—Dragonfly Walk 9/12

Carmine Skimmer—Dragonfly Walk 9/26

Roseate Skimmer—Dragonfly Walk 9/12

Blue Dasher—Dragonfly Walk 9/26

30 Wandering Glider—Dragonfly Walk 9/12

Eastern Amberwing—Dragonfly Walk 9/12

Slough Amberwing—Josh 9/25

Scarlet-Tailed Skimmer, Planiplax sanguiniventrisEd Lam 9/4

Black Saddlebags—Dragonfly Walk 9/12

Red Saddlebags—Dragonfly Walk 9/12

Other Insects/Invertebrates

Ant Lion

Backswimmers—Josh 9/18
Beaded Lacewing (Lomamyia sp.)
Black Slug—Jennifer 9/25

Black Witch –Josh 9/19

Bloodshot-eyed Moth (Syssphinx heiligbrodti)—Josh 9/19

Chamaeclea basiocrea—Josh 9/11

Conchylodes salamisalis—John 9/14

Crab Spider

Cicada Gigas

Cyna Moth—Mary Beth Stowe 9/18

Desert Termites

Dichopetala (Short-Winged Katydid)

Dipthera festiva, Hieryoglyphic Moth –9/20 Jose

Bloodshot-Eyed Moth—Josh

Dobsonfly (Corydalus sp.)—Josh 9/19

Dot-Lined Angle—Mary Beth Stowe 9/18

Ello Sphinx (Caterpillar)

Fig Sphinx (Pachylia ficus)—Josh 9/19

FORBES SILKMOTH—Josh 9/27

GIANT DESERT CENTIPEDE—Carol 9/14

Hairy Panther (Pachycondyla villosa) Ants—Josh 9/26

Harlequin Flower Scarab—Josh 9/27

Harvester Ants

Heliocheilus toralis—Josh 9/11

Indomitible Melipotes—Mary Beth Stowe 9/18

Io Moth (Automeris io)—Josh 9/19

Ladder-like flower bups (Acmaeodera scalaris)—Josh 9/12

Lantana Control  Moth—Mary Beth Stowe 9/27

Mexican Unicorn Mantis (Phyllovates chlorophaea)—Josh 9/28

Mouse-colored Lichen Moth—Mary Beth Stowe 9/18

Obscure Sphinx (Erynnyis obscura—Mary Beth Stowe 9/18

Red-vented flower bug (Acmaeodera haemorrhoa)—Josh 9/12

RUSTIC SPHINX—Josh 9/18

Southern Pink Moth (Pyrausta inornatalis)—Josh 9/12 (pink Crambid moth

Small-winged  Katydids—Mary Beth 9/22

Snail

Staphylinid beetles—Josh 9/18
Tachinid
                           Fly of the genus Cylindromyia—Josh 9/12

Tarantula Hawk

Tortoise Beetles & Larvae

Vine Sphinx –Josh 9/19

Yellow-winged Pareuchaetes
                           insulate 

Fish

Gambusia

Pencilfish

Channel Catfish