Well, it’s been fun so far! I’ve traveled 1500 miles so I can dig in the dirt here in Texas — it’s amazing what a NYCer will do to re-experience her country-living childhood, huh? The dirt here is very rich with clay and so, when it dries out and the sun shines on it, it becomes as hard as a rock. So I ended up beating the clay to death with a hoe.
I also saw a crested caracara (a new life list bird for me), numerous turkey vultures, some black vultures that seem to enjoy city living, marsh hawks (northern harriers), cooper’s and sharp-shinned harks, and red-tailed hawks. I also saw lots of eastern phoebes and eastern meadowlarks (both life list birds for me). And butterflies .. ! I saw numerous gulf and checkered fritillaries, checkered and clouded skippers, several monarchs and approximately one dozen swallowtails, two long-tailed skippers, at least one fiery skipper, and two julia butterflies. I also saw one white-tipped black geometrid and another butterfly that was small and seemed dull creamy white until the sun hit it and, thanks to iridescence, turned it a delicate shade of violet.
I will write up an official list after I have a little time to go through my notes (and a butterfly guide to remind me of everything I saw).