Four Winns Ranch 2021-10-23

In October I got to camp out for a night with Hill Country Conservancy's EPIC group on one of HCC's new conservation easement properties, the Four Winns Ranch in Hays County near the small town of Wimberley. I spent the afternoon exploring and was excited to find this beautiful little waterfall on a small creek running through the property:

Waterfall

Attached are some observations of plants and animals that caught my eye and that I was able to photograph. It was fun to see several Autumn Meadowhawk dragonflies, a species I rarely see in my northwest Austin neighborhood. And there were a few beautiful patches of Lindheimer Muhly grass.

Here's my eBird list from Saturday afternoon.

And here are the same photos on Flickr.

Posted by mikaelb mikaelb, 09 November, 2021 02:40

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

Autumn Meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum)

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 23, 2021 03:36 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Four Winns Ranch in Hays County, a new conservation easement property for Hill Country Conservancy, during HCC's EPIC campout.

Photos / Sounds

What

Autumn Meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum)

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 23, 2021 03:34 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Four Winns Ranch in Hays County, a new conservation easement property for Hill Country Conservancy, during HCC's EPIC campout.

Photos / Sounds

What

Great Spreadwing (Archilestes grandis)

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 23, 2021 03:29 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Four Winns Ranch in Hays County, a new conservation easement property for Hill Country Conservancy, during HCC's EPIC campout.

Photos / Sounds

What

Familiar Bluet (Enallagma civile)

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 23, 2021 02:58 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Four Winns Ranch in Hays County, a new conservation easement property for Hill Country Conservancy, during HCC's EPIC campout.

Photos / Sounds

What

Texas Creeping-Oxeye (Wedelia hispida)

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 23, 2021 02:39 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Four Winns Ranch in Hays County, a new conservation easement property for Hill Country Conservancy, during HCC's EPIC campout.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 23, 2021 02:35 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Four Winns Ranch in Hays County, a new conservation easement property for Hill Country Conservancy, during HCC's EPIC campout.

Photos / Sounds

What

Autumn Meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum)

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 23, 2021 02:10 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Four Winns Ranch in Hays County, a new conservation easement property for Hill Country Conservancy, during HCC's EPIC campout.

Photos / Sounds

What

Lindheimer Muhly (Muhlenbergia lindheimeri)

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 23, 2021 02:07 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Four Winns Ranch in Hays County, a new conservation easement property for Hill Country Conservancy, during HCC's EPIC campout.

Photos / Sounds

What

Grooved Nipple Cactus (Coryphantha sulcata)

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 23, 2021 02:26 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Four Winns Ranch in Hays County, a new conservation easement property for Hill Country Conservancy, during HCC's EPIC campout.

Photos / Sounds

What

Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum)

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 23, 2021 02:06 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Four Winns Ranch in Hays County, a new conservation easement property for Hill Country Conservancy, during HCC's EPIC campout.

Photos / Sounds

What

Blanchard's Cricket Frog (Acris blanchardi)

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 23, 2021 01:49 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Four Winns Ranch in Hays County, a new conservation easement property for Hill Country Conservancy, during HCC's EPIC campout.

Photos / Sounds

What

Gulf Coast Toad (Incilius nebulifer)

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 23, 2021 01:52 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Four Winns Ranch in Hays County, a new conservation easement property for Hill Country Conservancy, during HCC's EPIC campout.

The striking pattern on this little frog made me think it might have been something other than a Gulf Coast Toad. But closer examination of the pattern of head ridges and poison sacs on the back of the head make me think it is a Gulf Coast Toad.

Photos / Sounds

What

Great Spreadwing (Archilestes grandis)

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 23, 2021 01:44 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Four Winns Ranch in Hays County, a new conservation easement property for Hill Country Conservancy, during HCC's EPIC campout.

Photos / Sounds

What

Autumn Meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum)

Observer

mikaelb

Date

October 23, 2021 01:07 PM CDT

Description

Taken on the Four Winns Ranch in Hays County, a new conservation easement property for Hill Country Conservancy, during HCC's EPIC campout.

Comments

I always enjoy these post, Mikael. :)

Posted by sambiology about 1 year ago (Flag)

Thanks! Did you see the Gulf Coast Toad observation? That pattern really made me think it was another species!

Posted by mikaelb about 1 year ago (Flag)

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