Nalle Bunny Run Group Walk 2016-06-18

Only four folks joined me on Saturday morning for the monthly group walk on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve. It was a warm morning, but we enjoyed finding 25 species of birds and some other cool stuff. Here are some highlights.

All morning we heard at least two different singing Painted Buntings, but we could never get a look at one. I was only able to get this distant photo of one of them before the group arrived:

Painted Bunting

Insects were as engaging as the birds this morning. There was this velvet ant we saw near the gate before we started the hike. (Velvet ants are actually solitary flightless wasps.)
Velvet Ant

In the dense oak-juniper woods east of the driveway we found a young Texas Persimmon tree covered in a light gray powdery substance. When we looked closer we saw it was covered in these small bugs. Thanks to @earthgrazer for the ID on these. They turned out to be Citrus Flatid Planthoppers the feed on the tree's sap, and create that light gray wax as well. If you zoom in on the photo, you can see their yellow eyes!
Leaf Hoppers

Near the spring I was excited to find the largest damselfly in North America, this Great Spreadwing which is about two inches long:
Great Spreadwing

And later we found North America's smallest dragonfly, this male Eastern Amberwing which is only about one inch long:
Eastern Amberwing

Great Blue Herons are usually a fly-by observation on the Bunny Run, but down on the sandy prairie area we found this one loafing in a juniper tree:
Great Blue Heron

What a fun morning!
Here's our complete bird list.
Here are a few more photos.
And attached are the same photos as iNaturalist observations.

Posted by mikaelb mikaelb, June 19, 2016 22:01

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Painted Bunting Passerina ciris

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mikaelb

Date

June 18, 2016 08:14 AM CDT

Description

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

We heard Painted Buntings singing all morning, but I could never show the group one. All I got was this distant photo before the walk started.

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Little Yellow Pyrisitia lisa

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mikaelb

Date

June 18, 2016 08:36 AM CDT

Description

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

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Green Anole Anolis carolinensis

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mikaelb

Date

June 18, 2016 08:38 AM CDT

Description

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

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Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

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mikaelb

Date

June 18, 2016 08:41 AM CDT

Description

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

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mikaelb

Date

June 18, 2016 08:57 AM CDT

Description

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

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Citrus Flatid Planthopper Metcalfa pruinosa

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 18, 2016 09:25 AM CDT

Description

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

This young Texas Persimmon tree had dozens of these leaf hoppers on its trunk. It also had a grey powdery substance that might have been a fungus on it, or maybe it was related to the leaf hoppers?

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Great Spreadwing Archilestes grandis

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mikaelb

Date

June 18, 2016 09:58 AM CDT

Description

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

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Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

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mikaelb

Date

June 18, 2016 10:04 AM CDT

Description

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

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Familiar Bluet Enallagma civile

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 18, 2016 10:14 AM CDT

Description

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

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Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus

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mikaelb

Date

June 18, 2016 10:20 AM CDT

Description

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

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Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

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mikaelb

Date

June 18, 2016 10:23 AM CDT

Description

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

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Giant Robber Flies Genus Promachus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 18, 2016 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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Shaggy Portulaca Portulaca pilosa

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 18, 2016 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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Eastern Amberwing Perithemis tenera

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 18, 2016 10:47 AM CDT

Description

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

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Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 18, 2016 10:55 AM CDT

Description

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

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Standing Cypress Ipomopsis rubra

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 18, 2016 10:57 AM CDT

Description

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

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Neon Skimmer Libellula croceipennis

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 18, 2016 11:05 AM CDT

Description

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

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Summer Tanager Piranga rubra

Observer

mikaelb

Date

June 18, 2016 11:35 AM CDT

Description

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

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