Brazos Bend SP - First Time Since COVID

When I asked Scott where he wanted to go on his Friday off, it was a resounding 'Brazos Bend.' The weather was threatening to be wet later in the day, so we got our day passes trekked out early to walk the prairie trail. We were not disappointed!

Swallowtails were everywhere, as were other Lepidoptera species. And though we heard several Prothonotary warblers, we were only able to get a glimpse of two. Same for the Northern Parula who was heard but never seen. It was great to be out hiking the park -- not volunteering in any capacity -- with my best friend and husband in tow.

Highlight of the day was hearing the prettiest song from the top of the oaks; it was a single Painted Bunting. Sadly, as we approached, he quit singing (before I could record), and I got one lousy, blurry picture of him before he was off and away. Dang birdies. :D

Posted by dirtnkids dirtnkids, May 15, 2020 21:02

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Narrowleaf Mountainmint (Pycnanthemum tenuifolium)

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May 15, 2020 08:18 AM HST

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Blue Mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum)

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May 15, 2020 08:21 AM HST

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Slender Rosinweed (Silphium gracile)

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May 15, 2020 08:22 AM HST

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Dusky Stink Bug (Euschistus tristigmus)

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May 15, 2020 08:42 AM HST

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Typical Orbweavers (Subfamily Araneinae)

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May 15, 2020 08:44 AM HST

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May 15, 2020 08:44 AM HST

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Dung Beetles (Subfamily Scarabaeinae)

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May 15, 2020 08:46 AM HST

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Scarabs (Family Scarabaeidae)

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May 15, 2020 08:54 AM HST

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Round-headed Katydids (Genus Amblycorypha)

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May 15, 2020 09:33 AM HST

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Round-headed Katydids (Genus Amblycorypha)

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May 15, 2020 10:12 AM HST

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Carolina Horsenettle (Solanum carolinense)

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May 15, 2020 10:26 AM HST

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Violet Ruellia (Ruellia nudiflora)

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May 15, 2020 11:10 AM HST

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Lemon Beebalm (Monarda citriodora)

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May 15, 2020 11:16 AM HST

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Rain Lilies (Genus Zephyranthes)

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May 15, 2020 11:46 AM HST

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Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius oileus)

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May 15, 2020 12:22 PM HST

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Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis)

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May 15, 2020 11:59 AM HST

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American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

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May 15, 2020 07:37 AM HST

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Dickcissel (Spiza americana)

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May 15, 2020 07:34 AM HST

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Purple Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)

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May 15, 2020 07:22 AM HST

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Dickcissel (Spiza americana)

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May 15, 2020 07:19 AM HST

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Gulf Fritillary (Dione vanillae)

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May 15, 2020 07:08 AM HST

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Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta ssp. elegans)

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May 15, 2020 11:21 AM HST

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Green Heron (Butorides virescens)

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May 15, 2020 11:17 AM HST

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Common Water Hyacinth (Pontederia crassipes)

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May 15, 2020 11:16 AM HST

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Four-spotted Pennant (Brachymesia gravida)

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May 15, 2020 11:14 AM HST

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Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina)

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May 15, 2020 11:06 AM HST

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White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)

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May 15, 2020 10:31 AM HST

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

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May 15, 2020 10:30 AM HST

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Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris)

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May 15, 2020 10:16 AM HST

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American Lotus (Nelumbo lutea)

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May 15, 2020 10:09 AM HST

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Brown-legged Grass-carrying Wasp (Isodontia auripes)

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May 15, 2020 10:08 AM HST

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Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)

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May 15, 2020 09:35 AM HST

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Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

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May 15, 2020 09:30 AM HST

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Gemmed Satyr (Cyllopsis gemma)

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May 15, 2020 08:43 AM HST

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Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica)

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May 15, 2020 08:19 AM HST

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Green Heron (Butorides virescens)

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May 15, 2020 08:16 AM HST

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Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea)

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May 15, 2020 08:09 AM HST

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Giant Lichen Orbweaver (Araneus bicentenarius)

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May 15, 2020 08:00 AM HST

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Gulf Fritillary (Dione vanillae)

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May 15, 2020 07:40 AM HST

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Four-spotted Pennant (Brachymesia gravida)

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May 15, 2020 07:39 AM HST

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