Date: 4/16/17 12:53 pm From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> Subject: [texbirds] Lynn County Photographic Game - March 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.
I was a bit busy during the two middle weekends of March but I did get in visits to Lynn County during the first and last weekends of the month, with one visit focused on Tahoka Lake Pasture and the other more wide-ranging. With a stunningly and consistently early (no weird late freezes) start to spring, I did a lot better on some groups than would be expected this early in the year, picking up 24 species of butterfly, 1 species of amphibian, 1 species of reptile, 86 species of bird, and 4 species of mammal, bringing me up to 24 species of butterfly, 1 species of amphibian, 1 species of reptile, 107 species of bird, and 6 species of mammal - moving the respective percentages up to 48%, 20%, 10%, 54%, and 60%. Of the 139 species seen so far, I acquired identifiable photographs of 128 - making for a 92% success rate. We should - soon - see an onslaught of herptilian activity and success with birds will soon come down to my ability to get acceptable photographs of skittish migrants in dense foliage - yay!
And on with the list (* = new to the list, y = photographed)
Juvenal's Duskywings*(y) Funereal Duskywings*(y) Common Checkered Skipper*(y) Common Sootywings*(y) Sachem*(y) Black Swallowtail*(y) Checkered White Orange Sulphur Southern Dogface Lyside Sulphu*(y) Sleepy Orange Dainty Sulphur Gray Hairstreak*(y) Western Pygmy Blue*(y) Reakirt's Bule*(y) American Snout*(y) Variegated Fritillary*(y) Vesta Crescent*(y) Phaon Crescent*(y) Painted Crescent*(y) Gorgone Checkerspot*(y) Mourning Cloak*(y) Red Admiral* Goatweed Leafwing*(y)
Plains Leopard Frog*(y)
Gadwall American Wigeon Mallard Blue-winged Teal*(y) Cinnamon Teal Northern Shoveler Northern Pintail Green-winged Teal Canvasback Redhead Ring-necked Duck Lesser Scaup Bufflehead Ruddy Duck Scaled Quail*(y) Wild Turkey Pied-billed Grebe Eared Grebe Rock Pigeon Eurasian Collared Dove White-winged Dove Mourning Dove Greater Roadrunner Virginia Rail* Sora* American Coot Sandhill Crane American Avocet Snowy Plover Killdeer Least Sandpiper Western Sandpiper*(y) Semipalmated Sandpiper*(y) Wilson's Snipe*(y) Greater Yellowlegs Lesser Yellowlegs*(y) Double-crested Cormorant Great Blue Heron Great Egret*(y) Black-crowned Night Heron White-faced Ibis*(y) Turkey Vulture*(y) Northern Harrier Red-tailed Hawk Ferruginous Hawk Great Horned Owl Burrowing Owl Belted Kingfisher Ladder-backed Woodpecker Northern Flicker American Kestrel Merlin Say's Phoebe Loggerhead Shrike Blue Jay American Crow Chihuahuan Raven Horned Lark Barn Swallow* Marsh Wren Bewick's Wren Ruby-crowned Kinglet American Robin Curve-billed Thrasher Northern Mockingbird European Starling House Sparrow American Pipit House Finch Yellow-rumped Warbler Spotted Towhee*(y) Field Sparrow Vesper Sparrow Savannah Sparrow Song Sparrow Lincoln's Sparrow White-crowned Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco Northern Cardinal Pyrrhuloxia Red-winged Blackbird Eastern Meadowlark Western Meadowlark Brewer's Blackbird Great-tailed Grackle Brown-headed Cowbird
Eastern Cottontail Black-tailed Prairie Dog Coyote White-tailed Deer