Date: 9/2/17 3:12 pm From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> Subject: [texbirds] The Lynn County Photographic Game - August 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 able to put in two day-long visits to the county (nobody can say that I don't play hard) and I did pretty well, noting 39 species of butterfly, 1 species of amphibian, 5 species of reptile, 124 species of bird, and 6 species of mammal during July, bringing me up to 52 species of butterfly, 10 species of amphibian, 12 species of reptile, 183 species of bird, and 11 species of mammal - moving the respective percentages up to 104%, 200%, 120%, 92%, and 110% - for the year.. Of the 268 species seen so far, I have acquired identifiable photographs of 241 - making for a 89.92% success rate ... with most of the species missed either nocturnals or skittish migrant songbirds (many of which will be easier to photograph during fall migration).
And on with the list (* = new to the list, y = photographed) - I have not arranged birds in the newest taxonomic order (courtesy of the AOU) as I have not yet seen the new listing.
Common Checkered Skipper Common Sootywings Orange Skipperling Sachem Delaware Skipper*(y) Black Swallowtail Checkered White Orange Sulphur Southern Dogface Cloudless Sulphur Lyside Sulphur Little Yellow*(y) Sleepy Orange Dainty Sulphur Gray Hairstreak Dusky-blue Groundstreak Gray Hairstreak Marine Blue Western Pygmy Blue Reakirt's Blue American Snout Hackberry Emperor Tawny Emperor*(y) Monarch Queen Variegated Fritillary Gulf Fritillary* Bordered Patch(y) Phaon Crescent Painted Crescent Pearl Crescent Gorgone Checkerspot Common Mestra Viceroy*(y) Common Buckeye Question Mark*(y) Red Admiral Painted Lady American Lady Goatweed Leafwing