Labor Day Birding the JBH Burr Property

As a Texas Master Naturalist Coastal Prairie Chapter, many of our conservation partnerships allow opportunities for tromping and hiking on private properties ... like the Wharton Count gem owned by James B. Harrison Foundation known simply as 'The Burr Property.' With many watering holes, wooded and wetland habitats, oak and cypress hammocks, and wide open spaces with clear, up-high trails for walking and viewing, it is easy to log 100 species or more. Walked and counted slowly, social-distancing or masking intact.

At least fifty of animals logged for the day were birds -- the very reason for the trip -- and several species stood out for me. Getting out of the car, the call of Eastern Pewees were heard through the woods, as well as Great-crested Flycatcher and the familiar 'PEET-suh' of Acadian Flycatcher. Canada and Yellow Warblers were high in the Bald Cypress, and the birds of the day (for me) were the Wood Storks and Pectoral Sandpiper.

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I changed my lens a couple of times as the insects were also out in great numbers! I had to take time to look down and collect some new species for my Life List of Earthlings: Flag-tailed Spinyleg and Wooly Rosemallow. Sometimes that meant missing other great shots (like the Wood Storks in flight!) since I had the wrong lens on. Oh well. Can't have everything!

Peace, Love, Prairie.

Posted by dirtnkids dirtnkids, September 08, 2020 17:43

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Blue-fronted Dancer (Argia apicalis)

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September 7, 2020 08:22 AM CDT

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Damselflies (Suborder Zygoptera)

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September 7, 2020 08:28 AM CDT

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Four-toothed Mason Wasp (Monobia quadridens)

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September 7, 2020 09:18 AM CDT

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Pyramid Flower (Melochia pyramidata)

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September 7, 2020 09:29 AM CDT

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Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

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September 7, 2020 09:31 AM CDT

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Violet Ruellia (Ruellia nudiflora)

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September 7, 2020 10:14 AM CDT

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Silverleaf Nightshade (Solanum elaeagnifolium)

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September 7, 2020 10:50 AM CDT

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Woolly Rosemallow (Hibiscus lasiocarpos)

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September 7, 2020 10:51 AM CDT

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Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

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September 7, 2020 11:52 AM CDT

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Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)

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September 7, 2020 06:55 AM CDT

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Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)

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September 7, 2020 06:31 AM CDT

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Several individuals calling back and forth

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Tropical Checkered-Skipper (Burnsius oileus)

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September 7, 2020 10:28 AM CDT

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Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos)

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September 7, 2020 10:14 AM CDT

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Picked by the algorithm! And a bunch of birders.

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Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)

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September 7, 2020 10:14 AM CDT

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Pectoral is on the left (and for size compare). Least is on the right.

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Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors)

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September 7, 2020 10:13 AM CDT

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American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)

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September 7, 2020 10:10 AM CDT

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Blue-fronted Dancer (Argia apicalis)

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September 7, 2020 09:56 AM CDT

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Algorithm chose.

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Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)

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September 7, 2020 09:56 AM CDT

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Bold Jumping Spider (Phidippus audax)

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September 7, 2020 09:49 AM CDT

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Blue-ringed Dancer (Argia sedula)

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September 7, 2020 09:33 AM CDT

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Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)

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September 7, 2020 09:23 AM CDT

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Blue-ringed Dancer (Argia sedula)

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September 7, 2020 09:15 AM CDT

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Gulf Fritillary (Dione vanillae)

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September 7, 2020 09:13 AM CDT

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Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)

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September 7, 2020 09:13 AM CDT

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Ponderous Spur-throat Grasshopper (Melanoplus ponderosus)

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September 7, 2020 09:09 AM CDT

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Algorighm chose.

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Queen (Danaus gilippus)

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September 7, 2020 09:05 AM CDT

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Eastern Amberwing (Perithemis tenera)

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September 7, 2020 08:48 AM CDT

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Broad-striped Forceptail (Aphylla angustifolia)

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September 7, 2020 08:45 AM CDT

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Flag-tailed Spinyleg (Dromogomphus spoliatus)

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September 7, 2020 08:44 AM CDT

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Broad-striped Forceptail (Aphylla angustifolia)

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September 7, 2020 08:43 AM CDT

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Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

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September 7, 2020 08:41 AM CDT

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White-tipped Black (Melanchroia chephise)

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September 7, 2020 08:37 AM CDT

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Guinea Paper Wasp (Polistes exclamans)

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September 7, 2020 08:29 AM CDT

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Blue-fronted Dancer (Argia apicalis)

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September 7, 2020 07:59 AM CDT

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Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)

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September 7, 2020 07:26 AM CDT

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