Nalle Bunny Run 2016-09-03

I spent about 3 hours on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve this morning. Here are some highlights.

Bird activity up the hill was primarily mixed groups of White-eyed Vireos, Carolina Wrens, Northern Cardinals, Black-crested Titmice, Carolina Chickadees, and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers. All were very vocal. The only obvious migrants I found were a couple of Yellow Warblers, a Least Flycatcher, a heard-only Dickcissel, and two Mississippi Kites. Interestingly, no House Sparrows were observed.

Common Mestra butterflies were common west of the driveway, and I enjoyed a memorable few minutes watching three of them elegantly fluttering around me in the morning light. I got this photo of one of them:

Common Mestra - 1

Some plants that made an impression on me this morning were the blooming Bitterweed and Camphorweed. The Camphorweed was especially thick, making part of the northeast corner of the preserve very yellow:

Camphorweed (Heterotheca subaxillaris) - 2
Camphorweed (Heterotheca subaxillaris) - 3

There was also a beautiful patch of Indiangrass near the lake's edge. Was this planted?

In a mixed patch of Late Boneset (Eupatorium secotinum) and Frosted also near the lake, I was excited to find a dragonfly I've never seen before, this Flag-tailed Spinyleg. Look at his long and spiny those back legs are!

Flag-tailed Spinyleg - 1

Here's my complete eBird List.

And here are more Photos on Flickr.

Attached are my observations.

Posted by mikaelb mikaelb, September 03, 2016 23:16

Observations

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Gray Fox Urocyon cinereoargenteus

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mikaelb

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September 3, 2016 08:27 AM CDT

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Common Raccoon Procyon lotor

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mikaelb

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September 3, 2016 08:30 AM CDT

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New World Vultures Family Cathartidae

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mikaelb

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September 3, 2016 09:26 AM CDT

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Rougeplant Rivina humilis

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mikaelb

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September 3, 2016 09:37 AM CDT

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Southwestern Bristlegrass Setaria scheelei

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mikaelb

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September 3, 2016 09:38 AM CDT

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Nine-banded Armadillo Dasypus novemcinctus

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mikaelb

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September 3, 2016 09:49 AM CDT

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Indiangrass Sorghastrum nutans

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mikaelb

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September 3, 2016 10:57 AM CDT

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mikaelb

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September 3, 2016 10:52 AM CDT

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Flag-tailed Spinyleg Dromogomphus spoliatus

Observer

mikaelb

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September 3, 2016 10:49 AM CDT

Description

I was excited to find this Flag-tailed Spinyleg. I read that they are common but I've never seen one before. Look at how long the back legs are!

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Dusky Dancer Argia translata

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mikaelb

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September 3, 2016 10:46 AM CDT

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Loopers Family Geometridae

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mikaelb

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September 3, 2016 10:44 AM CDT

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mikaelb

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September 3, 2016 10:39 AM CDT

Description

There was a pair of robberflies, one following and hovering over the other, about a foot away from it. My guess is that this was a male hovering over a female as part of some kind of courtship.

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Mississippi Kite Ictinia mississippiensis

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mikaelb

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September 3, 2016 10:26 AM CDT

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Camphorweed Heterotheca subaxillaris

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 3, 2016 10:16 AM CDT

Description

The Camphorweed was blooming like crazy this morning on the northeast section of the preserve.

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Common Mestra Mestra amymone

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mikaelb

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September 3, 2016 09:41 AM CDT

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Bitterweed Helenium amarum

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mikaelb

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September 3, 2016 09:10 AM CDT

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Gulf Coast Toad Incilius nebulifer

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mikaelb

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September 3, 2016 09:17 AM CDT

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Black-crested Titmouse Baeolophus atricristatus

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mikaelb

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September 3, 2016 08:53 AM CDT

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Ladder-backed Woodpecker Dryobates scalaris

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mikaelb

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September 3, 2016 09:08 AM CDT

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White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus

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mikaelb

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September 3, 2016 08:50 AM CDT

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Widow Skimmer Libellula luctuosa

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mikaelb

Date

September 3, 2016 08:35 AM CDT

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