Nature Day at Nalle Bunny Run 2019-06-22

Here are some highlights from Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC Nature Day at their Nalle Bunny Run wildlife preserve, which was on Saturday June 22, 2019. I was able to arrive early and go on a solo birding hike finding 29 species. Most notable were maybe two Yellow-throated Warblers, a rare summer breeding species in Travis county that prefers cypress trees in riparian habitats. For the last few years I have only detected one male returning each spring on the preserve, so I was excited to find one near the white house and then hear another much further west. At least two male Painted Buntings were heard singing on the property and I got this photo of one of them foraging in an agarita bush:

Painted Bunting - 1 - 2

A singing Northern Parula and calling Broad-winged Hawk were two other bird species I was excited to observe.

I flushed two White-tailed Deer does a couple times while walking around, and near the cemetery encountered this little fawn that might have belonged to one of them:

White-tailed Deer fawn

@jacobddowen found this Texas Map Turtle by the boat ramp which finally came out of its shell (literally!) to show everyone the cool markings on its head and neck:

Texas Map Turtle - 1 - 2

I got to lead a small group of attendees on a short walk around the preserve. During the walk I saw what I first thought was a large tarantula hawk wasp, but it turned out to be this Giant Prairie Robber Fly! This is the largest species of this predatory fly group in north america, and it was the first time I've ever seen one. It was over 2 inches long!

Giant Prairie Robber Fly

Here's my complete eBird list from my early morning solo walk.

Attached are nature observations from both the group walk and my solo walk.

And here are the same photos on Flickr.

Posted by mikaelb mikaelb, June 29, 2019 21:56

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Giant Lichen Orbweaver Araneus bicentenarius

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mikaelb

Date

June 22, 2019 11:47 AM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC Nature Day on the Nalle Bunny Run.

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Springwater Dancer Argia plana

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mikaelb

Date

June 22, 2019 11:26 AM CDT

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Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC Nature Day on the Nalle Bunny Run.

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Giant Prairie Robber Fly Microstylum morosum

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mikaelb

Date

June 22, 2019 11:17 AM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC Nature Day on the Nalle Bunny Run.

This is the largest Robberfly I've ever seen. I think it was over two inches long.

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Texas Map Turtle Graptemys versa

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 22, 2019 10:43 AM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC Nature Day on the Nalle Bunny Run.

Jacob Owen found this Texas Map Turtle we got to show to the group. On the second photo the two yellow dots under the chin are diagnostic.

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Neon Skimmer Libellula croceipennis

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mikaelb

Date

June 22, 2019 10:00 AM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC Nature Day on the Nalle Bunny Run.

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Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura

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mikaelb

Date

June 22, 2019 09:36 AM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC Nature Day on the Nalle Bunny Run.

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Pearl Milkweed Matelea reticulata

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mikaelb

Date

June 22, 2019 09:24 AM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC Nature Day on the Nalle Bunny Run.

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Painted Bunting Passerina ciris

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mikaelb

Date

June 22, 2019 09:03 AM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC Nature Day on the Nalle Bunny Run.

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White-tailed Deer Odocoileus virginianus

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mikaelb

Date

June 22, 2019 08:40 AM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC Nature Day on the Nalle Bunny Run.

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Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe

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mikaelb

Date

June 22, 2019 08:59 AM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC Nature Day on the Nalle Bunny Run.

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Cutleaf Evening Primrose Oenothera laciniata

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mikaelb

Date

June 22, 2019 08:31 AM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC Nature Day on the Nalle Bunny Run.

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White-tailed Deer Odocoileus virginianus

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mikaelb

Date

June 22, 2019 08:22 AM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC Nature Day on the Nalle Bunny Run.

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House Sparrow Passer domesticus

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mikaelb

Date

June 22, 2019 08:27 AM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC Nature Day on the Nalle Bunny Run.

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American Bumble Bee Bombus pensylvanicus

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mikaelb

Date

June 22, 2019 08:12 AM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC Nature Day on the Nalle Bunny Run.

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Yellow-throated Warbler Setophaga dominica

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 22, 2019 07:58 AM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC Nature Day on the Nalle Bunny Run.

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