CNC 2023 Exceptional Observations

Please link to any exceptional observations you made or ran across during the Heart of Texas CNC. These may be featured in the state CNC presentation or on our area report once finalized.

Posted on May 04, 2023 06:42 PM by bosqueaaron bosqueaaron

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Posted by lovebirder about 1 year ago

That was a crazy one!

Posted by bosqueaaron about 1 year ago

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/158892122

I found two of these beauties. They both were females, so I can't id to species. These are probably Ochterus banksi, but until I find a male I can't say with any certainty.

Also this tree:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/157956063

This green ash is apparently critically endangered.

Posted by jeff_back about 1 year ago

Very cool Jeff. Here's hoping you find the male you're looking for ;)

Posted by bosqueaaron about 1 year ago
Posted by bosqueaaron about 1 year ago

@jellyfishmambo what was the coolest bird you saw/heard?

Posted by bosqueaaron about 1 year ago

Well I'm always glad to see any of the "cute" plovers, so
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/158188084

Lazuli was a particularly good bird for McLennan area, though Missy got a way better shot of one than I did
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/159052820

Wish we could've gotten photos of the Black-capped and Golden-cheeked, including the GC I found in McLennan on the way home, but I'm glad this season I've finally gotten photos of Black-throated Greens
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/159052843

My personal favorite photos I got of any of the birds though, was this cooperative Eastern Kingbird, always find it hard for me to get a good focus on them
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/159052833

Posted by jellyfishmambo about 1 year ago

Those are all really cool!

Posted by bosqueaaron about 1 year ago
Posted by bosqueaaron about 1 year ago

Here are a couple of my favorite bunting observations:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/157410378 - the cutest Indigo Bunting EVER!
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/158489496 - wanderer from the west, Lazuli Bunting.

Posted by lovebirder about 1 year ago

Those are definitely some cute buntings!

Posted by bosqueaaron about 1 year ago

@jeff_back I think the green ash is critically threatened by the emerald ash borer beetle. It currently has a robust population, but it's likely that millions will fall to the beetle in coming decades.

Posted by observerjosh about 1 year ago

Hi everyone! They finally put out the official summary of our CNC project! Thanks to everyone involved!
https://acrobat.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3A7cc3cb1f-0460-4eed-aca7-307d696e23e2
Looking forward to next year!

Posted by bosqueaaron 11 months ago

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