This is the first Eastern Towhee I've ever found in the Austin area. It appeared on the scene about 5 minutes after I announced that the Frostweed ice crystals were the coolest observation of the morning! The photos are soft, but this is about the best my camera can do in heavy overcast conditions like we had this morning. I'm just glad I could briefly coax the bird out into the open! Taken during the monthly bird walk on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run.
I was very excited to find many Frostweed plants in the northeast corner of the preserve that had the ice crystal formations coming from their lower stems that gives this plant its common name. We had a hard freeze last night and it stayed in the mid-twenties all morning. Here's more information about Frostweed and this beautiful (and rarely observed in central Texas) phenomenon. Taken during the monthly bird walk on Hill Country Conservancy's Nalle Bunny Run.
I saw this silvery white moth several times, but I was never able to get a good photo of it.
Heard a rodent I think is a ground squirrel "pip"ing at me all morning at the edge of the dunes.
This is probably the most Snowy Plovers I've ever seen in one group -- 12. This is an iPhone-thru-spotting-scope shot, so it's not so clear. The Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture is an important place for these and other small plovers, including Piping and Semipalmated.
The photo was identified as mud dauber diggings my jonahevans in this observation:
So I created a separate observation for it.