Photos / Sounds

What

Copperhead Agkistrodon contortrix

Observer

vwm

Date

October 6, 2018 09:54 AM CDT

Description

I think the smaller one is a copperhead, is the larger one also a copperhead or could it be a cottonmouth?

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What

Western Spotted Skunk Spilogale gracilis

Observer

aambos

Date

July 23, 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak Strymon acis ssp. bartrami

Observer

eelprogramderm

Date

April 17, 2017 10:45 AM EDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Great Black Hawk Buteogallus urubitinga

Observer

javigonz

Date

April 24, 2018 10:05 AM CDT

Description

First sighting around 10:15-20am or so. Was alerted to this very large immature hawk by a mob of grackles that were after it. Bird soared and circled over the lots and continued north with grackles following it. Birder friend, Alex Lamoreaux showed up soon after and after relaying the sighting and jumping in the van to chase, we found the bird soaring over the Louie's Backyard area with the grackle mob in tow. Hawk then returned south and took refuge in the Sheepshead north lot. A bit later bird lifted off and circled the area for a bit and headed north out of sight. First suspicion was immature Common Black Hawk, but following better views, photos, and discussion by other birders present, we reached the conclusion that the ID is Great Black Hawk because of huge size, finely barred tail lacking thick black terminal bands, long legs that it dangled while soaring. White crescents were obvious nearing wing apex and white upper tail coverts were seen and photographed, differentiating it from Common Black Hawk. Coastal habitat and range fits better with Great Black Hawk than Common. ID Confirmed by expert, Bill Clark. Possible 1st US record following review. An incredible and totally unexpected bird!

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What

Hessel's Hairstreak Callophrys hesseli

Observer

aredoubles

Date

April 21, 2018 05:31 PM EDT

Description

Long-awaited lifer!

Got extremely lucky, and just randomly spotted it sitting on the ground for this one photo, before it flew off.

Photos / Sounds

What

Frosted Elfin Callophrys irus

Observer

aredoubles

Date

April 22, 2018 12:31 PM EDT

Description

Long-awaited lifer!

Thanks to Derb Carter for the location tip.

Photos / Sounds

What

Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe

Observer

sheliahargis

Date

October 21, 2017 10:55 AM CDT

Description

Not sure what is going on but this is the fourth birder that I know of who has had a phoebe perch on their binoculars or on their person at Commons Ford.

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What

Ringtail Bassariscus astutus

Observer

cullen

Date

July 20, 2014 08:36 PM CDT

Description

We found this young individual hiding in our garage just before dusk. We took a few photographs and released the animal. We also observed the adult.

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What

Western Narrow-mouthed Toad Gastrophryne olivacea

Observer

langaha

Date

September 3, 2015 01:21 PM CDT