[Tweeters] O.T. ARF Update - amphibians - reptiles - fish
sremse at comcast.net
Thu Oct 11 07:54:12 PDT 2018
My apologies to all for my hasty post of 10/08. ARF stands for Amphibians, Reptiles and Fish. I've reached a combined species count of 50. I was going to wait to send the list at year end but a request came in for the herps ( amphibians/reptiles). The fish list will wait until the end of December.
In order of appearance and not taxonomic: (L) indicates a Lifer for me
Pacific Chorus Frog (formerly "Tree") Edmonds Marsh
Northwestern Salamander Newman Wetlands, Whidbey Island
Olympic Salamander (L) Bear Gulch, Skokomish River
Rough-skinned Newt Sleeper Road, Whidbey Island
Ensatina Coupeville area, Whidbey Island
Red-legged Frog Freeland Marsh, Whidbey Island
Bull Frog Double Bluff Road, Whidbey Island
Coast Giant Salamander (L) nameless creek, Illabot Creek Road
Red-spotted Toad (L) Heron Lake St.Park, NM
Tiger Salamander (L) Anderson Meadow, UT
Tailed Frog Porcupine Creek, North Cascades
Long-toed Salamander Coupeville Middle School, Whidbey Island
Western Toad North Bluff Road, Whidbey Island
Northern Alligator Lizard Pacific Rim Institute, Whidbey Island
Painted Turtle Greenbank Farm, Whidbey Island
Western Whiptail Lizard Reststop, MP. 182 I-70, UT
Sagebrush Lizard Mesa Verde Natl.Park, CO
Striped Plateau Lizard (L) Mesa Verde
Tree Lizard (L) Mesa Verde
Eastern Fence Lizard Mesa Verde
Wandering Garter Snake Thomas Canyon, NV
Gopher Snake Deschutes Rec. Area, OR
Biggest miss amphibians: Cascade Frog. The weekend I set aside for a trip to Mt Rianier turned out to be too smoky from the wildfires. I also peered under a lot of rotted logs looking in vain for Western Red-backed Salamanders.
Biggest miss reptiles: Western Fence Lizard. I spent a couple of hours wandering around clearcuts in Mason County but no luck. Vehicle trouble kept me from attending the spring snake research class in the Winthrop area.
This was a warmup session for my Vertebrate Big Year planned for 2021, a sort of celebration of retirement. "Work is the Curse of the Big Year Class"
sremse at comcast.net
Coupeville, Wa (Whidbey Island)
Wechsler <ecostewart at gmail.com> wrote:
> You tease us with all of those numbers and no species names. I want to know the reptile and amphibian species you've seen (I've never followed fully aquatic groups very much), and at least where you saw the first one. At first it sounded like you saw 50 Western Toads that evening! I then realized you must have meant it was your 50th species of combined reptiles, amphibians, and fish. It also took me a bit to see that your jargon "ARF", referred to amphibians, reptiles, and fish.
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> > Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2018 21:03:34 -0700 (PDT)
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> > Nifty 50! Western Toad tonight (what couple DOESN'T spend the evening of their 30th wedding anniversary bushwacking through head-high nettles looking for toads????) here on Whidbey Island for #50. Earlier I found a Long-toed Salamander.
> > Totals so far:
> > 13 amphibians; 9 reptiles; 28 fish (none caught on hook and line) Had this been my Vertebrate Big Year then 32 mammals and 203 birds could be added for a total of 285.
> > I think the weather will preclude me from scoring anymore amphibians or reptiles but I haven't given up on fish.
> > ----Steve Ellis
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