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

Anotado por mikaelb mikaelb, abril 15, lunes 22:19

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Vireo Ojos Blancos Vireo griseus

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mikaelb

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Abril 14, 2019 07:44 AM CDT

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Abril 14, 2019 11:44 AM CDT

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

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Mirtos de Escudo Género Scutellaria

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mikaelb

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Abril 14, 2019 11:40 AM CDT

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

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Gorrión Arlequín Chondestes grammacus

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mikaelb

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Abril 14, 2019 08:47 AM CDT

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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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Rascador Moteado Pipilo maculatus

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mikaelb

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Abril 14, 2019 08:43 AM CDT

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

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Vireo Ojos Blancos Vireo griseus

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mikaelb

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Abril 14, 2019 08:43 AM CDT

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

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Centzontle Norteño Mimus polyglottos

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mikaelb

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Abril 14, 2019 08:38 AM CDT

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

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Vireo Ojos Blancos Vireo griseus

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mikaelb

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Abril 14, 2019 08:09 AM CDT

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

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Chipe Cachetes Amarillos Setophaga chrysoparia

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mikaelb

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Abril 14, 2019 08:03 AM CDT

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Texas, US (Google, OSM)

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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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Gorrión de Lincoln Melospiza lincolnii

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mikaelb

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Abril 14, 2019 07:58 AM CDT

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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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Colibrí Barba Negra Archilochus alexandri

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mikaelb

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Abril 14, 2019 07:37 AM CDT

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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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Colibrí Barba Negra Archilochus alexandri

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mikaelb

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Abril 14, 2019 07:35 AM CDT

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

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mikaelb

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Abril 13, 2019 06:18 PM CDT

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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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mikaelb

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Abril 13, 2019 06:17 PM CDT

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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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mikaelb

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Abril 13, 2019 06:16 PM CDT

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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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Palo Zorrillo Ptelea trifoliata

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mikaelb

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Abril 13, 2019 06:16 PM CDT

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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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Zarzaparrilla Smilax bona-nox

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mikaelb

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Abril 13, 2019 06:15 PM CDT

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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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mikaelb

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Abril 13, 2019 06:14 PM CDT

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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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mikaelb

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Abril 13, 2019 04:49 PM CDT

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

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Moscas Ladronas Género Efferia

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mikaelb

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Abril 13, 2019 04:54 PM CDT

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

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mikaelb

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Abril 13, 2019 04:38 PM CDT

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

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mikaelb

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Abril 13, 2019 04:15 PM CDT

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

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Gorrión Llanero Spizella pusilla

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mikaelb

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Abril 13, 2019 04:01 PM CDT

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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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mikaelb

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Abril 13, 2019 03:58 PM CDT

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

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Moscas Ladronas Género Efferia

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mikaelb

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Abril 13, 2019 03:50 PM CDT

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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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Mariposa Organillo Oscura Euptoieta claudia

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mikaelb

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Abril 13, 2019 03:38 PM CDT

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

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Vanesa Americana Vanessa virginiensis

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mikaelb

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Abril 13, 2019 03:34 PM CDT

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

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Mariposas Y Polillas Orden Lepidoptera

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mikaelb

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Abril 13, 2019 03:34 PM CDT

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

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mikaelb

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Abril 13, 2019 03:22 PM CDT

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

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mikaelb

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Abril 13, 2019 03:16 PM CDT

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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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Lino Linum berlandieri

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mikaelb

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Abril 13, 2019 03:07 PM CDT

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

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mikaelb

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Abril 13, 2019 03:07 PM CDT

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

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Aguililla de Swainson Buteo swainsoni

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mikaelb

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Abril 13, 2019 02:59 PM CDT

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

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Azulilla de Arroyo Argia immunda

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mikaelb

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Abril 13, 2019 02:51 PM CDT

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

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Rana Grillo del Noreste Acris blanchardi

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mikaelb

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Abril 13, 2019 02:50 PM CDT

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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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Azulilla de Arroyo Argia immunda

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mikaelb

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Abril 13, 2019 02:50 PM CDT

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

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Azulilla de Arroyo Argia translata

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mikaelb

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Abril 13, 2019 02:48 PM CDT

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

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Azulilla de Arroyo Argia immunda

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mikaelb

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Abril 13, 2019 02:35 PM CDT

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

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Alfombrilla de Campo Glandularia bipinnatifida

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mikaelb

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Abril 13, 2019 02:26 PM CDT

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

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Lino Linum berlandieri

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mikaelb

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Abril 13, 2019 02:25 PM CDT

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

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mikaelb

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Abril 13, 2019 02:23 PM CDT

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

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