High Gate Ranch Tour 2016-09-11

Last Sunday afternoon Hill Country Conservancy took its EPIC group on a tour of its first conservation easement property, the High Gate Ranch just south of Dripping Springs. What a beautiful property! The land was lush from the uncharacteristically wet August we've had. Here are a couple especially scenic spots:

First View

Peach Tree Hill

From these high spots we got to see waves of American Snout butterflies migrating southeast-ish. I read that this species' migration is not so regular. It's often based on population explosions, and the migration is more often away from these high population areas than just south in the fall and north in the spring. I got this photo of one of them that stopped. You can see where the common name comes from!

American Snout

Here's my eBird list.
Here are my photos on Flicker.
And attached are my iNaturalist observations.

Posted by mikaelb mikaelb, September 13, 2016 00:13

Observations

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What

Texas Creeping-Oxeye Wedelia texana

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 11, 2016 12:05 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Stemmy Four-nerve Daisy Tetraneuris scaposa

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 11, 2016 12:55 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Bobcat Lynx rufus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 11, 2016 01:31 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Spreading Sida Sida abutifolia

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 11, 2016 01:34 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

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What

Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 11, 2016 02:11 PM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC tour of the High Gate Ranch south of Dripping Springs.

Photos / Sounds

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What

American Beautyberry Callicarpa americana

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 11, 2016 01:24 PM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC tour of the High Gate Ranch south of Dripping Springs.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Black Swallowtail Papilio polyxenes

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 11, 2016 03:37 PM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC tour of the High Gate Ranch south of Dripping Springs.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Juniper Hairstreak Callophrys gryneus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 11, 2016 01:37 PM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC tour of the High Gate Ranch south of Dripping Springs.

See how on the right side this butterfly is advertising fake antennae. the actual head end is on the left.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Ferns Class Polypodiopsida

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 11, 2016 01:24 PM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC tour of the High Gate Ranch south of Dripping Springs.

Photos / Sounds

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What

American Snout Libytheana carinenta

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 11, 2016 01:04 PM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC tour of the High Gate Ranch south of Dripping Springs.

At high spots on the ranch especially, we saw waves of these American Snout butteflies heading south or southeast. I read that this species' migration is not so regular. It's often based on population explosions, and the migration is just away from these high population areas. It's not always south in the fall and north in the spring.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Grasshoppers, Crickets, and Katydids Order Orthoptera

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 11, 2016 12:54 PM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC tour of the High Gate Ranch south of Dripping Springs.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Texas Madrone Arbutus xalapensis

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 11, 2016 12:39 PM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC tour of the High Gate Ranch south of Dripping Springs.

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What

American Water Frogs Genus Lithobates

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 11, 2016 12:17 PM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC tour of the High Gate Ranch south of Dripping Springs.

Photos / Sounds

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What

American Water Frogs Genus Lithobates

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 11, 2016 12:13 PM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC tour of the High Gate Ranch south of Dripping Springs.

Does anyone know what this egg mass might be from? I'm assuming leopard frogs?

Photos / Sounds

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What

Familiar Bluet Enallagma civile

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 11, 2016 12:16 PM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC tour of the High Gate Ranch south of Dripping Springs.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Checkered Setwing Dythemis fugax

Observer

mikaelb

Date

September 11, 2016 12:08 PM CDT

Description

Taken on Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC tour of the High Gate Ranch south of Dripping Springs.

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