Nalle Bunny Run Virtual Tour 2020-06-21

On Sunday morning Joanna Rabiger and I met with HCC staff member Sarah Dean on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run wildlife preserve to create another virtual tour. I'll update this post with a link to the video when it is available.

A highlight of the morning was a brief sighting of a silent Golden-cheeked Warbler that Joanna spotted at the beginning of the trail to the spring, at the edge of oak-juniper habitat. I was unable to photograph this bird but it was exciting to see. We don't get many observations of this species on the preserve, even though the preserve is managed for Golden-cheeked Warbler habitat. We think the habitat is a bit too small and isolated to attract a breeding pair. This might have been a post-breeding wandering bird, or even a bird already on its way south.

Attached are some other observations.

Here are the same photos on Flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikael_behrens/albums/72157714828598021

And here is our complete bird list on eBird:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S70733951

Update 6/30/2020. Here's the video:

Posted by mikaelb mikaelb, June 23, 2020 13:11

Observations

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mikaelb

Date

June 21, 2020 10:38 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Wildlife Refuge during a virtual tour with Sarah Dean and Joanna Rabiger.

Bee fly sp. on Croton sp.

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mikaelb

Date

June 21, 2020 11:09 AM CDT

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Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Wildlife Refuge during a virtual tour with Sarah Dean and Joanna Rabiger.

Bee fly sp. on Croton sp.

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Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus

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mikaelb

Date

June 21, 2020 10:05 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Wildlife Refuge during a virtual tour with Sarah Dean and Joanna Rabiger.

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Two-spotted Long-horned Bee Melissodes bimaculatus

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mikaelb

Date

June 21, 2020 09:14 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Wildlife Refuge during a virtual tour with Sarah Dean and Joanna Rabiger.

I hadn't realized it in the field, but some of these photos show the mechanical mechanism the American Germander flowers have of their stamens touching the carpenter bee's head when it reaches into the flower for nectar with its tongue. And you can see the pollen on top of the bee's head.

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Common Buckeye Junonia coenia

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mikaelb

Date

June 21, 2020 08:35 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Wildlife Refuge during a virtual tour with Sarah Dean and Joanna Rabiger.

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Mississippi Kite Ictinia mississippiensis

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mikaelb

Date

June 21, 2020 10:06 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Wildlife Refuge during a virtual tour with Sarah Dean and Joanna Rabiger.

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Northern Parula Setophaga americana

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mikaelb

Date

June 21, 2020 10:58 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Wildlife Refuge during a virtual tour with Sarah Dean and Joanna Rabiger.

After hearing this male Northern Parula sing a couple times, we were able to call it in with a recording.

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Painted Bunting Passerina ciris

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 21, 2020 09:48 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Wildlife Refuge during a virtual tour with Sarah Dean and Joanna Rabiger.

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Rock Squirrel Otospermophilus variegatus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 21, 2020 09:48 AM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Wildlife Refuge during a virtual tour with Sarah Dean and Joanna Rabiger.

On the sandy prairie habitat area we had relatively close encounters with a rock squirrel that ran past us a couple times along the ground. I've never seen them so brave!

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Always enjoy reading these, Mikael. :)

Posted by sambiology 5 months ago (Flag)

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