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November 12 2006

Planted:

  • 1 pound Buffalo grass seed
  • Deer resistant mix (Native American Seed Farm)
  • Butterfly Friendly Wildflower Mix Seedballs (Native Plant-Its)
monarch butterfly

Caretaker's note: This Monarch butterfly was flying south to its wintering grounds in Mexico. They cannot survive freezing temperatures and in the fall travel in large groups to warm winter climates. The

Oak Wilt scare on southeast corner of property. Texas Forest Service will visit for identification.

Posted in 2006 Journal, Census, Habitat

October 23 2006

Planted new plants from Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Fall plant sale:

  • Blackfoot daisy
  • Virginia blueflag
  • White yarrow
  • Flame leaf sumac
  • White salvia
  • Cross vine
  • Gulf muhly
  • Mexican feather grass

Other activities:

  • Planted Buffalo grass seed at the edge of road
  • Continued removal of KR (king ranch bluestem)
  • Removed Johnson grass
  • River trail maintenance

Posted in 2006 Journal, Habitat

September 05 2006

Rain! Finally, 1 inch or more, a good slow soaking. Birds very active in drizzle after rain.

Planted Buffalo Grass and Waterstone mix around edges of roads near house

Many hummingbirds (20 or more) - Ruby Throated, Black Chinned, Rufous. Continued to feed hummingbirds and keep ant guards full. Yellow jacket wasps visiting hummingbird feeders, but harassing hummingbirds. Put up wasp trap.

hummingbird feeder with ant guard

Caretaker's note: The cup of water hung above the feeder keeps ants out of the hummingbird food. The water guards also provide another drinking place for thirsty birds in the drought.

The hummingbird feeding mixture is 4 parts water to 1 part plain white sugar. Do not cook to dissolve, just stir very well and keep refrigerated. It is not necessary to add red dye to the feeding mixture because the red color on the feeder will attract the hummingbirds.

Observations:

Caretaker's note: Continued feeding stations. Animals benefit from supplemental feeding, black oil sunflower seeds are a favorite for many species. Using 900 pounds a week

Posted in 2006 Journal, Census, Habitat, Food, Water

August 12 2006


  • Continued to remove ragweed stems and place on ground on contour on river bottom
  • Removed Chinaberry trees at river bottom and used vinegar on stumps

Posted in 2006 Journal, Habitat

August 07 2006

Rock Squirrel under porch (new species observed)

rock squirrel
  • Pulled up dead ragweed stems at river bottom
  • Continued waterings

Caretaker's note: Central Texas summers are naturally very hot. This year the long drought added to the extreme heat, causing stress on both plants and animals. Even though Waterstone has full access to the Blanco River, birds and animals benefit from a variety of watering sources scattered throughout the uplands. This water spray is simple and inexpensive. Set the water hose spray nozzle to a wide pattern, point upward and leave on for a few hours in the afternoon to water both plants and birds. Many species of birds frequent the spray, frolicking and bathing.

Posted in 2006 Journal, Census, Habitat

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