Berry Springs Preserve Herps of Texas report, 20Apr2019

We had a great spring night - five amphibian species were observed in various locations within the park, and we got photos and/or recordings for all of them !

- Blanchard's Cricket Frogs (ultimately at CI = 3) at the middle slough springhead (by the bird blind) and main pond
- A Rio Grande Leopard Frog (CI = 1) near the footbridge
- Three American Bullfrogs (CI = 1) in the main pond
- Three Gulf Coast Toads (CI = 1) near the footbridge and main pond's fishing deck
- Several Western Narrow-mouthed Toads (formerly known as Great Plains Narrow-mouthed Toads, CI = 1) in a shallow, flooded, grassy area at the base of the hill below the parking lot

Everyone contributed to identifying the calls and catching them - thank you !!
The monitoring period was 20:00 - 21:30.
Participants were Kathy, Christie, Leia, Diane, Mike & Amy, Lynne, and Larry & Marek (aka, the bullfrog whisperer).
Environmental conditions at the middle slough springhead at sunset:
- Air temperature = 68.7 deg F
- Water temperature = 70 deg F
- Sky = No/few clouds
- Water level = Average
- Relative humidity = 48 %

Posted by k_mccormack k_mccormack, April 23, 2019 00:51

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

Blanchard's Cricket Frog Acris blanchardi

Observer

k_mccormack

Date

April 20, 2019 08:20 PM CDT

Description

Observed during monthly amphibian monitoring.

Photos / Sounds

What

Rio Grande Leopard Frog Lithobates berlandieri

Observer

k_mccormack

Date

April 20, 2019 08:57 PM CDT

Description

Observed during monthly amphibian monitoring. Call heard at 1:22 in the recording.

Photos / Sounds

What

American Bullfrog Lithobates catesbeianus

Observer

k_mccormack

Date

April 20, 2019 09:07 PM CDT

Description

Observed during monthly amphibian monitoring. Recording -210543 has four calls; recording -210705 has one quick call.

Photos / Sounds

What

Gulf Coast Toad Incilius nebulifer

Observer

k_mccormack

Date

April 20, 2019 08:03 PM CDT

Description

Observed during monthly amphibian monitoring. The recording has two calls. Photos are of two different individuals.

Photos / Sounds

What

Western Narrow-mouthed Toad Gastrophryne olivacea

Observer

k_mccormack

Date

April 20, 2019 09:24 PM CDT

Description

Observed during monthly amphibian monitoring in a shallow, flooded, grassy area at the base of a hill.

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It was a very successful night at Berry Springs Park and Preserve. Some audio recordings have additional sounds - talking, barking, airplanes and the like., but the observed species are fairly clear with the exception of the overlap of American Bullfrogs. This is a busy park near a major highway and airports - there will be issues with sound. Here are my observations for the evening:

I recorded Blanchard's Cricket Frogs (CI-3), American Bullfrogs (CI-2 - hard to hear but end of recording small overlap of close and distant calls), Rio Grande Leopard Frog,(CI-1) Western Narrow-mouthed Toad (CI - 1) , and Gulf Coast Toad (CI-1). I have photos of two Gulf Coast Toads and one American Bullfrog.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22858929 (Gulf Coast Toad - audio)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22849508 (GCT)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22849462 (GCT)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22859171 (Rio Grande Leopard Frog - audio)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22859486 (Western Narrow-mouthed Toad - audio)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22859665 (Blanchard's Cricket Frog - audio)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22857511 (American Bullfrog - audio)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22849428 (ABF)

One snake was observed. iNat identified as a Plain-bellied Watersnake, but the photo is not really good enough for a positive id.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/22849540

Posted by alflinn329 about 1 month ago (Flag)

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