Date: 2/7/17 9:38 am From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> Subject: [texbirds] The Hewetson:Kostecke Competition - January Report
Greetings All: This year's competition finds Rich Kostecke working over 960 square miles of Fayette County as Anthony Hewetson flails away at 902 square miles of Crosby County. Both counties have a nice mix of habitats, though Kostecke's is a bit less agricultural and a bit more wooded and watered. On the other hand, Hewetson has some nice canyon cuts and, possibly, a better selection of grasslands. To make things a bit more fair this year lists are going to be weighted using the cumulative eBird total of ABA countable for both birds as reported by 31 December 2016. That means that Rich's efforts will be divided into a total of 264 species for Fayette County whereas Anthony's efforts will be divided into a total of 290 species for Crosby County. Species we add to the county lists during 2017s will not cause these totals to go up: 264 and 290 remain fixed.
The results for January are in. Rich paid three visits to his county in January, racking up 105 species, weighting in at 40%. Anthony paid two visits to his county in January, racking up 117 species, weighting in at 40%. If one wishes to quibble, Hewetson holds the narrowest of leads with 40.34% to Kostecke's 39.77% - hopefully things will spread out a bit as the game goes on and we won't have to resort to numbers beyond the decimal point:)
Many folk may want to stop reading at this point but, in response to requests from previous years, I will list all of the birds that we have had to date. Species seen by only one person, so far, are in *bold* with A=Anthony Hewetson and R=Rich Kostecke.
I suspect February will see some consolidation of winter species and residents - as both competitor have a few holes to fill in the above list. Kostecke will probably start to see the influx of spring bird towards the end of February (swallows and such) while Anthony is hoping to see the arrival of some winter species by the end of February (a Harris's or White-throated Sparrow would be nice). This looks to be a fun competition and eBird might just have a better handle on both counties by the end of the year.