Afternoon Trout Lily walk and Evening Birding at Lake Arlington

Well I had some real fun yesterday with @brentano @sambiology @kimberlietx and the rest of the group that participated in the Tandy Hills hike. I arrived early and Sam was already up there when my Aunt and I arrived. I met him and we went on the search to look for the best Trout Lily beds we could find so we could talk about them on the hike. At one point me and Sam made it to a ravine that had swollen from all the rains. He made it across just fine but me not so much. I tried to follow his footsteps but once I got on to the bank the mud gave way under my weight and I fell in. Luckily it was just my pants legs that go wet. My phone, camera, and stuff were not damaged. I did have a soda with me and when I fell it got a hold punched through it but there was not much in there. We headed back to the front to wait on the group but not before looking at some other stuff along the way. We made it just in time as people started to arrive. In all about 33 people according to Don Young were counted for the hike. I met a few new people and saw one from my class. We had a great hike. We saw a bunch of stuff and some really nice Trout Lilies. I took a few moments to appreciate and observe some of the rocks and I was able to find a few neat Fossils. I am an avid fossil hunter and never miss out on looking for fossils that may be in the area. I found a nice little prehistoric clam of some kind that was one of the largest I have seen of that particular kind of fossil. We didn't see that many insects at all. We saw one assassin bug and then I happened upon a little Orbweaver spider. When me and Sam were making our rounds we did see a few butterflies; one of which almost landed on my right index finger which was so cool. We saw a lot of other plants too and had a great time. I stuck around for a while and then after all was said and done Brent and I went out to Lake Arlington to see if we could find Little Gull. We spent a few minutes out there searching. We did manage to find a different Gull but we are not too sure if we found our Gull. They all seemed to be swarming at a fast rate that it was impossible to keep a track of them. We did run into some other birders that were looking for the Gull too and we talked to them for a while. Soon I took my leave and went home. I have since got all the photos from the Trek uploaded. I feel so good getting all caught up on my photos. That pesky backtrack was driving me nuts but I am sure that I have all photos uploaded. I am so glad I went on the hike. I wonder what else I might do this year; I guess I will cross that bridge when I get there.

Publicado el 26 de febrero de 2018 13:19 por galactic_bug_man galactic_bug_man


Brent and Amy and I crossed that spot where you slipped. (And we didn't all make it through cleanly!) But that's part of the fun of being in nature, right?! Won't be long and we'll be out bug hunting soon!

Publicado por kimberlietx hace más de 5 años

Super glad that you came -- and sorry about the swim! You did protect the camera though, so all is good. ;)

When spring comes (soon), there will be LOTS of activities! Stay tuned!

Publicado por sambiology hace más de 5 años

Yeah @kimberlietx that last step is a real lulu. You are right my friend it is all part of the job to get a little messy.

@sambiology it was a pleasure hiking with both of you and the group. I had a lot of fun and can't wait to see what other adventures we will have very soon. I had a blast; I really love hanging out with you guys. I learn so many cool things when I am around you guys.

Publicado por galactic_bug_man hace más de 5 años

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