Nalle Bunny Run 2017-06-17

Only two people joined me on the monthly group walk on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve this morning. Starting at 8:00, we spent about 2.5 hours covering a little over a mile and finding 31 species of birds. Here are some highlights.

Early in the walk we heard and then saw a singing male Summer Tanager. As we watched it it moved closer, then was joined by a male Painted Bunting. They were almost in the same binocular view at one point. Here is probably the same Painted Bunting, photographed nearby before the walk started. And below it is the tanager.

Painted Bunting

Summer Tanager Male

On our way to the spring a juvenile Great Horned Owl flew downhill across the trail and into the woods. This time of year there are many new birds, recently out of their nests. Some other juvenile birds we saw were Northern Cardinals, Black-crested Titmice, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and this Eastern Phoebe by the pools just below the spring:

Eastern Phoebe Juvenile

In the open spaces of the sandy prairie area down by the lake, the air was full of insects and birds. Insects too small for us to see were being hunted by dragonflies, flycatchers, and swallows. Dragonflies included Wandering Gliders, Spot-winged Gliders, Red Saddlebags, Black Saddlebags, Prince Baskettails, and some kind of river cruisers. The swallows were mostly Cliff Swallows and Barn Swallows, with a couple Northern Rough-winged Swallows mixed in. The flycatchers were Western Kingbirds, and here's one perched on a blooming mesquite tree. Although my photo doesn't show it, the bird's yellow belly matched the yellow blooms on the tree:

Western Kingbird

Also on the sandy prairie area, in a habitat type I didn't expect, we saw two Rock Squirrels. Both disappeared into an open irrigation pipe, this one with something in its mouth that we couldn't identify:

Rock Squirrel - 1

Here's our complete bird list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37649220

And here are a few more photos on Flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikael_behrens/albums/72157682899852821

Attached are the same photos as observations.

Posted by mikaelb mikaelb, June 17, 2017 23:57

Observations

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What

Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 17, 2017 08:39 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Painted Bunting Passerina ciris

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 17, 2017 07:38 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Summer Tanager Piranga rubra

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 17, 2017 07:56 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve.

Photos / Sounds

What

Texas Rock Squirrel Otospermophilus variegatus ssp. buckleyi

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 17, 2017 09:42 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. This rock squirrel and a second one both disappeared into this open pipe.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Summer Tanager Piranga rubra

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 17, 2017 08:17 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 17, 2017 09:47 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve.

Even though this photo doesn't really show it, the yellow belly of this Western Kingbird matched the yellow blooms of the mesquite tree it was hunting insects from.

Comments

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Thanks for always posting these as journal entries, Mikael -- I greatly enjoy them. :)

Posted by sambiology over 3 years ago (Flag)

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