Baker Sanctuary 2017-06-10

This morning I spent almost 4 hours covering a little over 3 miles on the northwest part of Travis Audubon's Baker Sanctuary. Like when I visited last month, I wanted to see an area of the preserve I hadn't been on before. So after parking I crossed Lime Creek Road and followed a trail west until I ran into the west fence line. On the way I found the old limestone quarry site which I've only seen once before:

Baker Sanctuary Old Quarry - 1

Then I followed the fence line north until I found an old truck trail a little to the east which also led north. At one point the trail opened up to this beautiful view to the north:

Looking North from Baker

Golden-cheeked Warblers are less detectable now since most of the males have mostly stopped singing. (I think I only heard one song while I was out.) Of the four I observed, two were juvenile males with a little bit of green on their crown and back. I'm not familiar with this plumage and at one point I thought I might be seeing a late migrating Black-throated Green Warbler.

Golden-cheeked Warbler

Other highlights included finding an early Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly, having a family of Bewick's Wren come in to inspect me very closely while they were foraging, and lots of singing Field Sparrows and Painted Buntings. See my attached observations.

Here's my bird list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37515694

And here are a few more photos on Flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikael_behrens/albums/72157681885805954/

Posted by mikaelb mikaelb, June 11, 2017 00:55

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 10, 2017 08:03 AM CDT

Description

Recorded on Travis Audubon's Baker Sanctuary.

Photos / Sounds

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What

White Shin Oak Quercus sinuata var. breviloba

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 10, 2017 09:06 AM CDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Painted Bunting Passerina ciris

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 10, 2017 09:13 AM CDT

Description

Recorded on Travis Audubon's Baker Sanctuary.

Photos / Sounds

What

Heller's Marbleseed Lithospermum helleri

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 10, 2017 09:28 AM CDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Mountain Pink Zeltnera beyrichii

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 10, 2017 09:54 AM CDT

Photos / Sounds

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What

Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 10, 2017 10:56 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Travis Audubon's Baker Sanctuary in northwest Travis County.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Golden-cheeked Warbler Setophaga chrysoparia

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 10, 2017 10:55 AM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Taken on Travis Audubon's Baker Sanctuary in northwest Travis County.

Photos / Sounds

What

Golden-cheeked Warbler Setophaga chrysoparia

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 10, 2017 10:54 AM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Taken on Travis Audubon's Baker Sanctuary in northwest Travis County.

This is one of two juvenile male Golden-cheeked Warblers I encountered this morning. It's the first time I've photographed this plumage. The faint green in the crown and back made me wonder if it was a late migrating Black-throated Green Warbler.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Spot-winged Glider Pantala hymenaea

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 10, 2017 08:59 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Travis Audubon's Baker Sanctuary in northwest Travis County.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 10, 2017 09:20 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Travis Audubon's Baker Sanctuary in northwest Travis County.

Photos / Sounds

What

Autumn Meadowhawk Sympetrum vicinum

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 10, 2017 08:32 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Travis Audubon's Baker Sanctuary in northwest Travis County.

My best guess at identifying this dragonfly so far is that it's a juvenile or teneral female Autumn Meadowhawk.

Photos / Sounds

What

Golden-cheeked Warbler Setophaga chrysoparia

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 10, 2017 08:27 AM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Taken on Travis Audubon's Baker Sanctuary in northwest Travis County.

This is one of two juvenile male Golden-cheeked Warblers I encountered this morning. It's the first time I've photographed this plumage. The faint green in the crown and back made me wonder if it was a late migrating Black-throated Green Warbler.

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