Hill Country Visit 2017

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Google Maps is, perhaps, my most beloved app on my phone. I use others more regularly, and with greater urgency, but Google Maps allows me to punch in a brand-new destination that I’ve never been to and tells me precisely more »

Zebra-tailed lizard

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Zebra-tailed lizard (Callisaurus draconoides) Origin: Southwestern United States and Mexico Sighted at: Pedernales Falls, Johnson City, TX I went back to Pedernales Fall this weekend and saw a ton of reptiles, including this Zebra-tailed lizard: one of a pair that I spotted fighting!! more »

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

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Scissor-tailed flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus) Origin: North and Central America Sighted at: Canyon Lake, TX My local Audubon society reported that a brown booby – an ocean-faring bird – had been spotted at a lake about an hour and a half south of more »

Desert Cottontail

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Desert Cottontail (Sylvilagus audubonii) Origin: Western North America and Mexico Sighted at: The Domain, Austin, TX There’s wild bunnies in the woods near my new workplace!

Song Sparrow

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Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) Origin: North America Sighted at: Doty Ranch, San Antonio, TX After visiting Lockhart State Park, I went to a wedding shower down in San Antonio for my sister Kyle and her betrothed, Patrick. The shower was at Patrick’s more »

Bullock’s Oriole

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Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii) Origin: North America Sighted at: Lockhart State Park, Lockhart, TX   Another sighting from my trip to Lockhart this weekend. I mistakenly thought this was a golden-cheeked warbler, but it’s actually a female oriole, found much more commonly more »


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Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) Origin: Nearly worldwide except for Africa and Australia Sighted at: Lockhart State Park, Lockhart, TX This week, I went to another new-to-me state park – Lockhart’s, which has the odd distinction of being Texas’s only state park with a more »

Monarch Butterfly

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Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) Origin: North America, South America, and South Pacific islands Sighted at: Pedernales Falls State Park, Johnson City, TX Another shot from this past week’s visit to the State Park. In between the bird blinds was a lovely garden more »

Nine-banded Armadillo

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Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) Origin: North and South America Sighted at: Parmer Business Center, Jollyville, TX “Brendan,” said my friend Rachel, “There’s armadillos outside the office at work.” Naturally, I jumped in the car and drove there immediately. These little fellows – more »

Black-crested Titmouse

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Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) Origin: Southwest North America Sighted at: Pedernales Falls State Park, Johnson City, TX   The State Park had a wonderful “bird blind” – a small room that disguised the presence of nearby bird-watchers from the native wildlife. It more »

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