Baker Sanctuary (March 29, 2020)

Today was a perfect, beautiful day for a walk in the woods, so Brenda and I met our neighbors, Cinta Burgos and David Ring, at Baker Sanctuary. We enjoyed glorious spring weather and hiked a little over two miles on the north end of the Sanctuary. We saw and heard 14 bird species, including golden-cheeked warblers. All four of us got good looks at one GCW male singing from the top of an old cedar snag.

Travis Audubon Society bought the original 94 acres of Baker Sanctuary in 1966 to be a golden-cheeked warbler preserve, and the Sanctuary is now 715 acres. This is the first preserve set aside anywhere in the world specifically to protect the GCW. Baker Sanctuary is now part of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, which is about 33,000 acres in western Travis County.

Heller's Marbleseed (Lithospermum helleri). David Ring & Cinta Burgos. Little Indian Breadroot (Pediomelum hypogaeum).

Our bird list for the morning:

Mourning Dove
Greater Roadrunner
White-eyed Vireo
Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay
Common Raven
Carolina Chickadee
Black-crested Titmouse
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Bewick's Wren
Cedar Waxwing
House Finch
Black-and-white Warbler
Golden-cheeked Warbler
Northern Cardinal
(also on eBird at https://ebird.org/checklist/S66375308?share=true)
Posted by cliftonladd cliftonladd, March 30, 2020 01:50

Observations

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Blackfoot Daisy (Melampodium leucanthum)

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cliftonladd

Date

March 29, 2020 09:31 AM CDT

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Fineleaf Four-nerved Daisy (Tetraneuris linearifolia)

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cliftonladd

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March 29, 2020 09:32 AM CDT

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Stemless Evening Primrose (Oenothera triloba)

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cliftonladd

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March 29, 2020 09:35 AM CDT

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Breadroots and Scurfpeas (Genus Pediomelum)

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cliftonladd

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March 29, 2020 09:47 AM CDT

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Blackfoot Daisy (Melampodium leucanthum)

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cliftonladd

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March 29, 2020 10:08 AM CDT

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Bitter Cornsalad (Valerianella amarella)

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cliftonladd

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March 29, 2020 10:10 AM CDT

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Atlantic Camas (Camassia scilloides)

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cliftonladd

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March 29, 2020 10:10 AM CDT

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Bastard Oak (Quercus sinuata)

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cliftonladd

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March 29, 2020 10:19 AM CDT

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Shrubby Boneset (Ageratina havanensis)

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cliftonladd

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March 29, 2020 10:21 AM CDT

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Common Hoptree (Ptelea trifoliata)

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cliftonladd

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March 29, 2020 10:27 AM CDT

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Roundleaf Ragwort (Packera obovata)

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cliftonladd

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March 29, 2020 10:31 AM CDT

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Heller's Marbleseed (Lithospermum helleri)

Observer

cliftonladd

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March 29, 2020 10:37 AM CDT

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Cedar Sage (Salvia roemeriana)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

March 29, 2020 10:50 AM CDT

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Ashe Juniper (Juniperus ashei)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

March 29, 2020 10:56 AM CDT

Description

On the original 94 acres of the Baker Sanctuary, which is now 715 acres. The 94 acres was bought by Travis Audubon Society in 1966 to be a Golden-cheeked Warbler preserve, and is the first area set aside specifically to protect the GCW. Baker Sanctuary is now part of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve.

And our friends, Cinta Burgos and David Ring, enjoying being in the golden-cheeked warbler habitat.

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Possumhaw (Ilex decidua)

Observer

cliftonladd

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March 29, 2020 11:09 AM CDT

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Dakota Mock Vervain (Glandularia bipinnatifida)

Observer

cliftonladd

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March 29, 2020 11:16 AM CDT

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Wright's Skullcap (Scutellaria wrightii)

Observer

cliftonladd

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March 29, 2020 11:18 AM CDT

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Breadroots and Scurfpeas (Genus Pediomelum)

Observer

cliftonladd

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March 29, 2020 11:21 AM CDT

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Southern Dewberry (Rubus trivialis)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

March 29, 2020 11:31 AM CDT

Description

Flowers about 1.5 inches diameter. Prickles are only slightly curved or nearly straight. Need to check pubescence on underside of leaflets.

Rubus oklahomus has "leaflets densely to sparsely soft-pubescent beneath," while R. trivialis has "leaflets glabrous beneath or with pubsecence on along the main veins" (Diggs et al. 1999; Flora of north central Texas, p.959).

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Hedwig's Fringeleaf Moss (Hedwigia ciliata)

Observer

cliftonladd

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March 29, 2020 11:35 AM CDT

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Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Observer

cliftonladd

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March 29, 2020 11:36 AM CDT

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White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus)

Observer

cliftonladd

Date

March 29, 2020

Description

White-eyed vireo sings twice in this recording. Also in the recording are black-crested titmouse and northern cardinal.

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