7 Common Wildlife Species Found in the Texas Hill Country

Since we’re located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, we figured we’d start putting up a little information about what makes the area so magical. Part of what makes the area so great is all of the wildlife that can be found in the area.

For people that love the outdoors, Texas Hill country has long been an attraction that they wish to visit on a regular basis. When they are out and about, they can see all different types of wildlife that are extremely unusual. It is best that they get out there in a group, rather than try and hike it or travel alone, but there are people that do so alone too. When out and about, it is highly recommended that a person dress for the weather that is going to take place in the area. They should also have a water bottle with them for hydration when they are hiking the trails that proliferate the area. Another great thing to have for protection is sun block. The sun in the Texas Hill country can be very strong, and people can burn easily. Always being safe is another must when they are sightseeing in the area. If you don’t live in the hill country but are hoping to catch a glimpse of some of these beautiful and unique creatures, why not take a vacation here? Do yourself a favor and plan a Texas Hill Country retreat soon! You can use any number of excellent hill country lodging rental services to book the perfect place, such as Hills of Texas Lodging.

Since wildlife is interesting and unique, many people find that this is a highlight of their visit to the area, or if they live there a plus as to what they can enjoy on a regular basis. Here is the list of 10 of the common wildlife species that one can expect to see in the area:

1. Bats

One of the mot popular types of bats in the area is the Mexican free-tailed bat. They spend mot of their time in dark, dry places. This bat has large feet and ears. It has a dark, reddish tone to its fur. They migrate to South America, Mexico and Central America during the coldest months of the year.

2. Wild Turkeys

Sometimes the wild turkeys in Texas will be referred to as the Rio Grande turkeys. These types of turkeys live in uncrowded areas. They have dark feathers in the colors of brown and gray.

3. Guadalupe Bass

The guadalupe bass is the state fish of Texas. This type of fish is green in color, and relatively small. They are sought after by fisherman from all over the world. In lives in small streams in the Texas area, but does not live in other parts of the world.

4. Texas Map Turtle

The Texas map turtle is the smallest type in the map turtle family. The females in the group can become larger than the males, which is only up to about 7 inches long. Underneath its head are orange or yellow spots, the rest of the body is brown in color.

5. White-Tailed Deer

There are three to four million white-tailed deer in Texas. This makes it one of the most highly deer populated areas in the United States. They eat plants, grass, twigs and fruit. When they are fleeing an enemy, their tails are erect so that the white can be seen. This is how they received their name of the white-tailed deer.

6. Golden-Cheeked Warbler

In the canyons and ravines is where you will find the golden-cheeked warbler. This is where they nest. They prefer oak and Juniper trees to nest in and use animal fur, bark, spider webs and grass to build their nests. They migrate to Central America and Mexico in July, then return again to nest in March in Texas.

7. Texas Blind Salamander

The Texas blind salamander lives in caves that are filled with water. This species does not have eyes because they don’t need them. They are made to live under the water, therefore they sense things rather than see things. In place of the eyes are just two small, black dots. This species is currently on the endangered list because of the pollution in the waters that makes it very difficult for it to survive.

The wildlife that people can see when they live in the Texas Hill country or when they are visiting is remarkable. There are many reasons to carry a camera with them at all times. Having a pair of binoculars is also a good idea. There are so many wonderful aspects of the Texas Hill country, and seeing it in person is an experience that many people never forget, and they want to visit again and again to recapture the feelings that they have when they are in the area.

An Introduction to Wine Flavors

The sense of taste is just like our senses of sight and hearing, the more effort and concentration you put into it, the more depth and detail you’ll be able to discover. So learning to appreciate something as complex as wine is a lot like learning to appreciate music or arts, you’ll enjoy its nuances and fine details much more if you fine-tune your senses and your  ability to detect those details. Check out http://www.winegeeks.com/articles/93 for more about wine flavors.

To start this fine-tuning, it’s helpful to know a little about the different varieties of wine. Below is a list of 6 of the most common varieties of wine, the basic differences in their flavors, and which foods they pair well with. Wine variety is determined by the type of grape that it’s made with, and each grape variety produces a distinct flavor in the finished product.

Red Wines

Merlot

Soft and easy to drink, Merlot is a common introductory wine for new drinkers. It has fruity flavors of plum or black cherries, with occasional hints of mint, eucalyptus, or chocolate.

Pairs With: Just about any foods

Cabernet Sauvignon

More assertive than Merlot, Cabernet has similar flavors of plum or blackberries but can also taste like black currants or cassis. If it’s aged in oak, it can take on flavors of cedar, vanilla, or even chocolate or coffee. This great Austin wine bar has some of our favorite Cabernets.

Pairs With: Simply prepared red meat such as beef or lamb.

Pinot Noir

Wines made with these grapes can be some of the best single-variety wines in the world. They’re delicate, with flavors of red fruits like cherries or strawberries. These become more complex with age, taking on earthy notes similar to mushrooms or decaying leaves.

Pairs With: Grilled salmon, lamb, chicken, and Japanese dishes.

White Wines

Chardonnay

Very versatile, Chardonnay grapes can make very different tasting wines depending on where they’re grown and how the wine is made. Its fruit flavors can range from apple to tropical fruits, and it can take on rich honey and butter flavors when barreled in oak. In contrast, it keeps more of a mineral flavor and feels a bit fresher if barreled in stainless steel.

Pairs With: Fish and chicken dishes

Riesling

Crisp and clean, Riesling grapes make wines with pear, apple, and even lime flavors with some nice mineral undertones. With age, they can take on a pleasing oily aroma and honey flavors.

Pairs With: Fish, chicken, and pork dishes

Sauvignon Blanc

Also fresh and crisp, these wines are very aromatic and can have grapefruit and even bell pepper or grassy flavors. When not stored in oak barrels, they can take on smokey qualities.

Pairs With: Seafood, poultry, and salads

Conclusion

These are just a few of the most common wine types. Many more wine flavors are possible by blending grape varieties, and different regional varieties and wine-making processes produce a nearly endless variety of wine flavors. Once you train yourself to detect all of the subtleties of wine tasting, you’ll be able to enjoy them all to their fullest and appreciate the truly great wines.

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