Nalle Bunny Run 2019-04-20

Four people joined me this morning for the monthly group walk on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run wildlife preserve. We spent nearly 3 hours finding 35 species of birds and enjoying beautiful weather and lots of blooming wildflowers. This preserve was loaded with this tiny pink flower which the iNaturalist Seek app identified as Slender Hedeoma. I'm curious to see if the iNat community agrees with this!

Slender Hedeoma ((Hedeoma acinoides)

One aspect of springtime birding in central Texas is that not all of our winter resident species have left yet, and some of them have started to sing after having been silent all winter. We got to experience this today when we heard and finally saw this Orange-crowned Warbler singing while it foraged on the east fence line of the preserve:

Orange-crowned Warbler

Down the hill from the Orange-crowned Warbler near the lake we got great looks at a newly returned summer resident warbler, the Yellow-throated Warbler. I first heard it singing in the cypress trees on the other side of the fence line so I tried playing a recording of its song. After a few minutes it flew right up to us, counter-singing to what it thought was a competing male:

Yellow-throated Warbler

When we were back up at the gate, before we left we enjoyed watching pollinators in a stunning patch of Indian Blanket wildflowers. Here's an American Lady butterfly on one of them:

American Lady on Indian Blanket

Here's our complete bird list on eBird.

Here are a few more photos on Flickr.

And attached are the same photos as iNaturalist observations.

Posted by mikaelb mikaelb, April 20, 2019 23:04

Observations

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Indian Blanket Gaillardia pulchella

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 20, 2019 10:46 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve.

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Checkered-Skippers Genus Pyrgus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 20, 2019 10:42 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve.

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American Lady Vanessa virginiensis

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 20, 2019 10:42 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve.

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What

Variegated Fritillary Euptoieta claudia

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 20, 2019 10:41 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve.

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White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 20, 2019 10:17 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve.

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Pearl Milkweed Matelea reticulata

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 20, 2019 09:05 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve.

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Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 20, 2019 09:08 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve.

It was so fun listening to this winter-resident species singing as it foraged, before it migrates north. Despite the blurriness you can see some kind of insect in the bird's mouth.

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Antelopehorns Asclepias asperula ssp. capricornu

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 20, 2019 08:20 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve.

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Slender Hedeoma Hedeoma acinoides

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 20, 2019 08:54 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve.

This tiny plant was all over the preserve this morning.

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Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 20, 2019 09:27 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve.

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Yellow-throated Warbler Setophaga dominica

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 20, 2019 09:33 AM CDT

Description

Taken during the monthly group walk on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve.

This Yellow-throated Warbler was across the fence on the Plaza on the Lake property but after playing recorded songs a few times it came over to investigate. Here the bird is looking intently at us trying to find the competing male it heard singing.

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Happy Easter Mikael! Lovely way to start your Easter Sunday... Thanks for sharing!

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