Date: 2/7/17 10:02 am From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> Subject: [texbirds] Lynn County Photographic Game - January Report
Greetings All: In compliance with Drew Harvey's request that I focus on a county lacking herp records, I am going to be working Lynn County (the county just to the south of Lubbock County) for critters and photographs of critters in 2017.
Lynn County is somewhat similar to Hockley County - lots of cropland, almost no public land - but is different in one critical regard: there is no publicly accessible permanent water. This doesn't mean that Lynn County is dry, necessarily, but it does mean that my success with water-loving species, from spadefoots to sandpipers, is going to be very dependent on seasonal rainfall.
Stated numerical goals are, because of this, borderline hallucinatory.
That said, I will stick with goals of 50 species of butterfly, 5 species of amphibian, 10 species of reptile, 200 species of bird, and 10 species of mammal seen in Lynn County during 2017. As in 2016, I will also have the goal of photographing at least 90% of the species seen.
Over the course of January I paid four visits to what I, increasingly, realized was an intensely agriculturalized county (brutally so). Given the habitat, I did surprisingly well, in my opinion, for January, picking up 4 species of butterfly, 0 species of amphibian, 1 species of reptile, 69 species of bird, and 2 species of mammal - moving the respective percentages up to 8%, 0%, 10%, 35%, and 20% for the year so far. Of the 76 species seen, I acquired acceptable photographs of 70, meeting that particular goal, so far, with a 92% success rate. Given the turn to drier conditions, February looks to be slow.
And on with the list (* = new to the list, y = photographed):