Puryear Ranch 2019-04-13 to 14

I was fortunate to be able to join Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC camp out last weekend on the Puryear Ranch just west of Austin. I spent Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning taking photos and listing birds, mostly along Rocky Creek. The ranch has these cool old stone fences that I can't imagine building:

Rock Wall - 1

Rock Wall - 2

The wildflowers were stunning, and I got lots of help identifying plants from iNaturalist's recently updated Seek app. Here are my eBird lists from Saturday afternoon, a few heard-only birds over night, and Sunday morning:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54993479
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54993473
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54993482

Sunday morning I climbed a nearby hill and took this panoramic photo:

Panorama - 2

Posted by mikaelb mikaelb, April 15, 2019 22:19

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White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 14, 2019 07:44 AM CDT

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Engelmann's Sage Salvia engelmannii

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mikaelb

Date

April 14, 2019 11:44 AM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

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Skullcaps Genus Scutellaria

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mikaelb

Date

April 14, 2019 11:40 AM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

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Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 14, 2019 08:47 AM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

Lark Sparrow is another native sparrow species that breeds in central Texas. I was excited to finally find this bird on the ground after hearing it singing.

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Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 14, 2019 08:43 AM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

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White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 14, 2019 08:43 AM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

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Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 14, 2019 08:38 AM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

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White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 14, 2019 08:09 AM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

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Golden-cheeked Warbler Setophaga chrysoparia

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 14, 2019 08:03 AM CDT

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

I heard and finally saw this male Golden-cheeked Warbler singing across the creek from where I was. I was only able to get these distant heavily cropped photos.

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Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 14, 2019 07:58 AM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

This bird had me baffled because first I could only hear its muttered song from dense low brush. It turned out to be a Lincoln's Sparrow, a species just in central Texas during the winter. I almost never hear this species sing here in Texas, I was lucky to be able to hear this one before it heads north.

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Black-chinned Hummingbird Archilochus alexandri

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 14, 2019 07:37 AM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

This male Black-chinned Hummingbird landed near me and actively preened its feathers. Despite the bright background, the bird itself was in the shade, so I had to use a slow shutter speed. Still I like they way these photos turned out. I especially like how you can see just one purple feather at the edge of the black throat on the second photo.

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Black-chinned Hummingbird Archilochus alexandri

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 14, 2019 07:35 AM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

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Slender Hedeoma Hedeoma acinoides

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 13, 2019 06:18 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

I took this photo from inside the recently updated Seek app, and the time and date were off. I corrected the date but I'm unsure of the exact time.

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Prairie Flameleaf Sumac Rhus lanceolata

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 13, 2019 06:17 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

I took this photo from inside the recently updated Seek app, and the time and date were off. I corrected the date but I'm unsure of the exact time.

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Many Stem Evax Diaperia verna

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 13, 2019 06:16 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

I took this photo from inside the recently updated Seek app, and the time and date were off. I corrected the date but I'm unsure of the exact time.

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Common Hoptree Ptelea trifoliata

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 13, 2019 06:16 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

I took this photo from inside the recently updated Seek app, and the time and date were off. I corrected the date but I'm unsure of the exact time.

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Saw Greenbrier Smilax bona-nox

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 13, 2019 06:15 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

I took this photo from inside the recently updated Seek app, and the time and date were off. I corrected the date but I'm unsure of the exact time.

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Stretchberry Forestiera pubescens

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 13, 2019 06:14 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

I took this photo from inside the recently updated Seek app, and the time and date were off. I corrected the date but I'm unsure of the exact time.

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Antelope Horns Asclepias asperula

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 13, 2019 04:49 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

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mikaelb

Date

April 13, 2019 04:54 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

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Prairie Pleatleaf Nemastylis geminiflora

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 13, 2019 04:38 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

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Slender Hedeoma Hedeoma acinoides

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 13, 2019 04:15 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

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What

Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 13, 2019 04:01 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

Most native sparrow species are only in Texas in the winter, but Field Sparrows breed here too. I heard their bouncing-ball song on the ranch much more often than the few times I was able to see one.

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Antelope Horns Asclepias asperula

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 13, 2019 03:58 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

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Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 13, 2019 03:50 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

I spotted this robber fly when it flew to catch a moth. You can see it's holding the moth as it eats it.

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Variegated Fritillary Euptoieta claudia

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 13, 2019 03:38 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

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American Lady Vanessa virginiensis

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 13, 2019 03:34 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 13, 2019 03:34 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

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Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis ssp. sialis

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 13, 2019 03:22 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

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Greater Bee Fly Bombylius major

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 13, 2019 03:16 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

I was excited to find and photograph this crazy looking furry fly with that long proboscis it uses to feed on nectar.

The plant is Drummond's Onion (Allium drummondii).

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Berlandier's Yellow Flax Linum berlandieri

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 13, 2019 03:07 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

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Texas Yellow Star Lindheimera texana

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 13, 2019 03:07 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

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Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 13, 2019 02:59 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

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Kiowa Dancer Argia immunda

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 13, 2019 02:51 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

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Blanchard's Cricket Frog Acris blanchardi

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 13, 2019 02:50 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

We often heard these little frogs around the creek, but this was the only one I was able to photograph.

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Kiowa Dancer Argia immunda

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 13, 2019 02:50 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

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Dusky Dancer Argia translata

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 13, 2019 02:48 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

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Kiowa Dancer Argia immunda

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 13, 2019 02:35 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

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Dakota Mock Vervain Glandularia bipinnatifida

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 13, 2019 02:26 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

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Berlandier's Yellow Flax Linum berlandieri

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 13, 2019 02:25 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

Photos / Sounds

What

Drummond's Skullcap Scutellaria drummondii

Observer

mikaelb

Date

April 13, 2019 02:23 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Puryear Ranch during Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group camp out.

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