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):

Checkered White*(y)
Orange Sulphur*(y)
Southern Dogface*(y)
Dainty Sulphur*(y)

Red-eared Slider*(y)

Greater White-fronted Goose*(y)
Snow Goose*(y)
Ross's Goose*(y)
Cackling Goose*(y)
Canada Goose*(y)
Gadwall*(y)
Mallard*(y)
Northern Shoveler*(y)
Northern Pintail*(y)
Green-winged Teal*(y)
Canvasback*(y)
Redhead*(y)
Ring-necked Duck*(y)
Lesser Scaup*(y)
Bufflehead*(y)
Ruddy Duck*(y)
Northern Bobwhite*
Pied-billed Grebe*(y)
Rock PIgeon*(y)
Eurasian Collared Dove*(y)
White-winged Dove*(Y)
Mourning Dove*(y)
Greater Roadrunner*(y)
American Coot*(y)
Sandhill Crane*(y)
Whooping Crane*(y)
Killdeer*(y)
Least Sandpiper*(y)
Greater Yellowlegs*(y)
Great Blue Heron*(y)
Black-crowned Night Heron*(y)
Northern Harrier*(y)
Sharp-shinned Hawk*
Cooper's Hawk*(y)
Red-tailed Hawk*(y)
Ferruginous Hawk*(y)
Great Horned Owl*
Burrowing Owl*(y)
Northern Flicker*(y)
American Kestrel*(y)
Merlin*(y)
Prairie Falcon*(y)
Loggerhead Shrike*(y)
Blue Jay*(y)
American Crow*(y)
Chihuahuan Raven*(y)
Common Raven*(y)
Horned Lark*(y)
Marsh Wren*
Ruby-crowned Kinglet*(y)
American Robin*(y)
Curve-billed Thrasher*
Sage Thrasher*(y)
European Starling*(y)
House Sparrow*(y)
House Finch*(y)
American Goldfinch*(y)
Savannah Sparrow*(y)
Song Sparrow*(y)
LIncoln's Sparrow*(y)
White-throated Sparrow*
White-crowned Sparrow*(y)
Dark-eyed Junco*(y)
Northern Cardinal*(y)
Red-winged Blackbird*(y)
Western Meadowlark*(y)
Brewer's Blackbird*(y)
Great-tailed Grackle*(y)
Brown-headed Cowbird*(y)

Eastern Cottontail*(y)
Black-tailed Prairie Dog*(y)

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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