Journal archives for April 2014

April 12, 2014

Neighborhood Dragonflies

Dragonflies and Damselflies are in full swing on my neighborhood creek. I didn't realize how much I'd missed them since last summer until I went out on April 2 a few days ago to start a Pond Watch and returned on April 11 (yesterday). I documented 15 species of odonates and 3 of those were lifers! I encourage anyone to read about the Migratory Dragonfly Partnership citizen science projects and get involved. Pond Watch is easy and fun once you learn how to identify the 5 species that the project tracks. And there are so many others to learn and observe as well! Attached are my odonate observations from those two days.

Roseate Skimmer - 2

Posted on April 12, 2014 23:55 by mikaelb mikaelb | 19 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

April 19, 2014

Group Walk Report for April 19, 2014

We had a total of ten people this morning for the monthly group walk on the preserve. It was a beautiful sunny morning and we enjoyed a leisurely 2.5 hours looking for birds and other wildlife on the preserve.

An early highlight was hearing a male Golden-cheeked Warbler singing in the oak-juniper woods on the east side of the preserve. This was a special moment because this is the first Golden-cheeked Warbler to claim a territory on the preserve. (It has been observed singing in the same patch of woods since April 1.) And this was the first group to observe any Golden-cheeked Warbler here.

Other highlights included a beautiful Osprey flying over us on the Sandy Prairie area, good looks at a couple singing Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and seeing and hearing at least 6 Summer Tanagers.

We saw a few butterflies too, including many Checkered Whites like this one:

Checkered White

And briefly, this colorful species called Question Mark:

Question Mark

Here's our complete bird list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17960204

Posted on April 19, 2014 22:10 by mikaelb mikaelb | 0 comments | Leave a comment