Sometimes when I go to Marathon I don't go to the Post Park outside of town because, in general, I don't care for it. Seems every time I go there, more vegetation has been removed, and more trash has accumulated. In spite of that disappointment, I'm glad I went today. I was able to photograph a Fragile Forktail, which is a species I'm not sure I've ever seen, even though it's common in our area. My first photos of one anyway.
From there I visited Gage Gardens, which is usually a delight. The billionaire owner, J P Bryan, has done an amazing job, and one which he has no obligation to do, or to open to the public. Besides a formal garden worthy of a palace, there are many wonderful native species.
I was pleased to see this new sign out front by an improved parking area.
Can you imagine eating a meal the size of yourself? If you're a robberfly, you might.
I swung by the Prairie Dog town some 10 miles or so north of Marathon. I had heard it's going to be a park or something on the TX birding trail, but there was no new sign there, as I had expected there might be. Didn't see any Burrowing Owls either. Lots of Prairie Dogs though.
UPDATE: My damselfly books lists the Fragile Forktail as common in this area but when I went to Odonata Central database, I could only find one other record for Brewster Co, also at the Post Park, and it didn't have a photo with it, so I'm thinking they're probably not that common here and it probably is a lifer for me.