Bleakley Ranch Campout with Hill Country Conservancy 2016-06

I was lucky to be able to join another Hill Country Conservancy EPIC campout last weekend on June 11 and 12, 2016. It was on one of their conservation easement properties, the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs. Attached are my observations.

When I visited last October everything was so dry. It was exciting to see the place transformed by all our recent rain! There was a flowing creek with a handful of beautiful holes like this one fed by small waterfalls.

Upstream Falls

Here are my eBird checklists:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30189631
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30180501

A few more photos are here.

Posted by mikaelb mikaelb, June 14, 2016 00:51

Observations

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Blanchard's Cricket Frog Acris blanchardi

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 11, 2016 01:20 PM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC campout on the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs, TX.

These Blanchard Cricket Frogs and katydids vocalized all night long.

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Killdeer Charadrius vociferus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 11, 2016 01:23 PM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC campout on the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs, TX.

This was one of two juvenile Killdeer whose parent alarmed and tried to lead us away from when we approached it.

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Four-striped Leaftail Phyllogomphoides stigmatus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 11, 2016 01:25 PM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC campout on the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs, TX.

Male.

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Painted Bunting Passerina ciris

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 11, 2016 01:39 PM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC campout on the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs, TX.

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Kiowa Dancer Argia immunda

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 11, 2016 01:41 PM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC campout on the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs, TX.

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American Beautyberry Callicarpa americana

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 11, 2016 01:44 PM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC campout on the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs, TX.

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Kiowa Dancer Argia immunda

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 11, 2016 01:57 PM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC campout on the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs, TX.

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Largemouth Bass Micropterus salmoides

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 11, 2016 01:59 PM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC campout on the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs, TX.

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Texas Creeping-Oxeye Wedelia hispida

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 11, 2016 02:06 PM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC campout on the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs, TX.

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Common Whitetail Plathemis lydia

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 11, 2016 02:09 PM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC campout on the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs, TX.

Female.

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Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 11, 2016 02:11 PM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC campout on the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs, TX.

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Checkered Setwing Dythemis fugax

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 11, 2016 02:19 PM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC campout on the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs, TX.

Male.

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Banded Pennant Celithemis fasciata

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 11, 2016 02:20 PM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC campout on the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs, TX.

Male.

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Eastern Pondhawk Erythemis simplicicollis

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 11, 2016 02:24 PM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC campout on the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs, TX.

Male.

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Banded Pennant Celithemis fasciata

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 11, 2016 02:29 PM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC campout on the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs, TX.

I was excited to find Banded Pennant dragonflies on the ranch, a species I've never seen. The females like this one were much more colorful than the males.

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Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 11, 2016 02:36 PM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC campout on the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs, TX.

Lark Sparrows were a common breeder on the ranch. I ran across one family group of parents and fledglings, and got this photo of one of the fledglings.

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Widow Skimmer Libellula luctuosa

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 11, 2016 02:42 PM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC campout on the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs, TX.

Male.

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Banded Pennant Celithemis fasciata

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 11, 2016 02:46 PM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC campout on the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs, TX.

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Halloween Pennant Celithemis eponina

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 11, 2016 02:49 PM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC campout on the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs, TX.

Male. Halloween Pennants were also a pretty common dragonfly, named for their black and orange colors.

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Four-spotted Pennant Brachymesia gravida

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 11, 2016 02:53 PM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC campout on the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs, TX.

Female.

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Swift Setwing Dythemis velox

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 11, 2016 02:56 PM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC campout on the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs, TX.

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Four-striped Leaftail Phyllogomphoides stigmatus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 11, 2016 02:58 PM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC campout on the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs, TX.

Male.

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Saddlebag Gliders Genus Tramea

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 11, 2016 03:07 PM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC campout on the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs, TX.

Male. This is either a Red Saddlebags or a Carolina Saddlebags. But the distinguishing dark patches on top of the tip of the abdomen are not visible in my photo.

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Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 11, 2016 03:38 PM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC campout on the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs, TX.

A species more common in central Texas during the winter, it was fun to hear and see a few breeding Field Sparrows on the ranch.

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Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 12, 2016 07:15 AM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC campout on the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs, TX.

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Widow Skimmer Libellula luctuosa

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 12, 2016 09:19 AM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC campout on the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs, TX.

This individual had what looked like some pretty extensive damage to its right eye.

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Variegated Fritillary Euptoieta claudia

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 12, 2016 09:35 AM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC campout on the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs, TX.

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Common Buckeye Junonia coenia

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 12, 2016 09:38 AM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC campout on the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs, TX.

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Nine-banded Armadillo Dasypus novemcinctus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 12, 2016 09:39 AM CDT

Description

Taken during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC campout on the Bleakley Ranch just west of Dripping Springs, TX.

Armadillow tracks can look like fat bird tracks. On the leftmost track you can see the tips of two additional toes that registered.

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Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 11, 2016 02:06 PM CDT

Description

This observation is for the insect.

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Looks like a blast -- great observations! :)

Posted by sambiology over 4 years ago (Flag)

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