From the field: South Texas

The temperatures have not been creeping up, they leaped. It has been in the solid high 90s with a heat index over 100 degrees. I understand now why this area of sand dunes, coastal plains, and lagoons is called the dead horse desert. The wetlands have dried up again and bird life has been sparse. By mid-morning most bird song has stopped, except for the occasional Eastern Meadowlark and Cassin’s Sparrow. I have noticed an increase in Long-billed Curlews and assume soon fall migration will start in earnest. Reptiles have become more active, below are a few recent pictures of wildlife. I hope you enjoy.

another Texas Horned Lizard, Kennedy Co. Texas Photo Stephan Lorenz

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, Kennedy Co. Texas Photo Stephan Lorenz

sand dunes Kennedy Co. Texas, Photo Stephan Lorenz

Schott's Whipsnake, Kennedy Co. Texas Photo Stephan Lorenz

Keeled Earless Lizard, Kennedy Co. Texas Photo Stephan Lorenz

yet another Texas Horned Lizard, Kennedy Co. Texas Photo Stephan Lorenz

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