Nalle Bunny Run 2019-08-17

Four people joined me this morning for the monthly group walk on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run wildlife preserve. Here are some highlights.

Before the group arrived a pair Summer Tanagers flew in with some interesting behavior. The male was in heavy molt, and he was "whisper singing" which is singing a quieter version of his normal song. See how uneven his tail feathers are in this photo:

Summer Tanager - 1 - 1

A female joined him and she was quivering her feathers like I often see begging juvenile birds do. I don't know if this was a young bird still begging from its parent or the male's mate reinforcing their bond. Here they are together:

Summer Tanager - 1 - 2

After the group arrived we enjoyed a slow walk covering about 1.5 miles and touring most of the preserve. Birds were present but mostly heard rather than seen. Here are some fun non-bird observations we made.

We found these armadillo tracks in the road shortly after we started:

Nine-banded Armadillo

This tiny Green Anole that we found by the graveyard must've been newly hatched:

Green Anole

One of several dragonflies we found was this beautiful male Roseate Skimmer:

Roseate Skimmer - 1 - 2

I was excited to find this White-striped Longtail butterfly feeding on Lantana flowers:

White-striped Longtail

One fun bird observation we made was this female Summer Tanager, chasing, catching, and eating a red wasp!

Summer Tanager eating Wasp

By the end of the walk I had recorded 22 species of birds. Here's our complete eBird list.

Here are a few more photos on Flickr.

And attached are the same photos as iNaturalist observations.

Posted by mikaelb mikaelb, August 18, 2019 00:00

Observations

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Zenaida Doves Genus Zenaida

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mikaelb

Date

August 17, 2019 09:10 AM CDT

Description

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

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Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe

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mikaelb

Date

August 17, 2019 08:43 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

Observer

mikaelb

Date

August 17, 2019 08:41 AM CDT

Description

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

This might be the smallest Green Anole I've ever seen. It must've been newly hatched.

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Neon Skimmer Libellula croceipennis

Observer

mikaelb

Date

August 17, 2019 08:59 AM CDT

Description

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

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Nine-banded Armadillo Dasypus novemcinctus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

August 17, 2019 08:19 AM CDT

Description

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

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Queen Danaus gilippus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

August 17, 2019 09:19 AM CDT

Description

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

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Red Saddlebags Tramea onusta

Observer

mikaelb

Date

August 17, 2019 09:28 AM CDT

Description

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

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Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

August 17, 2019 07:41 AM CDT

Description

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

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Roseate Skimmer Orthemis ferruginea

Observer

mikaelb

Date

August 17, 2019 09:25 AM CDT

Description

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

August 17, 2019 07:37 AM CDT

Description

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

This molting male Summer Tanager was whisper-singing and was joined by a female that followed him around quivering her wings similar to begging behavior.

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Summer Tanager Piranga rubra

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mikaelb

Date

August 17, 2019 09:48 AM CDT

Description

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

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White-striped Longtail Chioides albofasciatus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

August 17, 2019 09:32 AM CDT

Description

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

I was excited to see this White-striped Longtail butterfly feeding on Lantana. It seems like a speices you'd only find in the tropics.

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Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons

Observer

mikaelb

Date

August 17, 2019 09:43 AM CDT

Description

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

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