Sunday, July 13, 2008

NASWC Bird Walk

There were 3 of us for the July NASWC bird walk this morning and we had a surprisingly fun time. Through the first half of the walk the temperature stayed bearable and we had a nice breeze and a little bit of cloud cover. There was lots of bird activity and we found 41 species, including some south-bound migrating shorebirds on the creek. Can you believe that some birds are already heading south again? Here are the highlights:
We also found a plant and a butterfly we could not identify. Does anyone know what they are? Is the plant some kind of grape vine? Here they are:


Bill Dodd said...

Hi Mikael,
I think the butterfly is a Tawny Emperor. And the vine is probably Spanish Grape. Spanish Grape and Mustang Grape are the 2 most common grapevines in the hill country. The Mustang has woolly white hairs on the underside of the leaf. I can't really see the underside of any leaves in the photo, but the general appearance is that of the Spanish Grape.


Mikael Behrens said...

Thanks Bill! The vine leaves did not have the hairs. I thought it looked similar to Mustang Grape but the leaves did not look quite the same.

mckie2 said...


That is a wild grape and is very invasive once it gets started. It will smother anything within reach in no time. I have a big bunch of it growing between my fence in the back yard. You can have it for free but you have to dig it out yourself :-)