Date: 9/4/17 9:00 am From: gh ldy <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender ghldy for DMARC) Subject: [texbirds] Re: texbirds Digest V6 #240
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In This Issue: [texbirds] The Hewetson:Kostecke Competition - August Report [texbirds] Denton Co LLELA [texbirds] The Lynn County Photographic Game - August Report [texbirds] Cannon Road Loop [texbirds] New season of bird walks LLELA
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2017 16:20:40 -0500 Subject: [texbirds] The Hewetson:Kostecke Competition - August 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 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 2017 will not cause these totals to go up: 264 and 290 remain fixed for purposes of the contest.
Rich was besieged with work during August and made only one visit to Fayette County during the month, adding not one bird to his list, leaving him at 203 species of bird in Fayette County so far this year. September should be better - assuming he is able to get to his best spots.
I was able to get out to my county twice, adding three species during my first visit (Louisiana Waterthrush, White Ibis, Ruby-throated Hummingbird) and nothing whatsoever during the second, bringing me up to 230 species in Crosby County so far this year. I am waiting for migrant songbirds..
Weighted for eBird history, I have widened my tight lead a bit. My 230 out of 290 puts me at 79.3103% while Rich's 203 out of 264 puts him at 76.8940%.
I have a feeling it's all going to come down to what sort of fronts stall what sort of birds in our two counties during the next two months.
Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock
From: Susan Yost <sdyost...> Subject: [texbirds] Denton Co LLELA Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2017 21:38:18 +0000
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area. Had a Tri-colored Heron this morning just before the beaver pond, far in the pond near the power easement and metal dock. Also Lots of Little Blues and Green Herons. Sora was heard.
Sue YOST ~^/^~ LLELA Highland Village Denton Co. ------------------------------
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2017 17:09:39 -0500 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
Hi, all! This morning we poked around the Cannon Road Loop, with some great grasspiper activity at the Weaver Road Sod Farms with both Buff-breasted and Pectoral Sandpipers being highlights! Groove-billed Anis were a hit along the NWR tracts, and we had a lovely Blue Grosbeak in one of the cotton fields! Had a White-tailed Kite and a Wood Stork along Jimenez, and didn't have enough time to thoroughly check Rangerville Resaca, but a bunch of Stilt Sandpipers were nice. Some pics are on my Facebook page:
From: Susan Yost <sdyost...> Subject: [texbirds] New season of bird walks LLELA Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2017 22:41:31 +0000
The first of the season monthly bird walk will be Saturday, September 9. $5 per car. Checklist and trail maps are available at the gatehouse. Just ask when you pay. Meet at the pavilion at 7:30AM. Bring optics, field guide, water AND mosquito repellant. Early birds may just get a glimpse of our Bald Eagles. [the 1st record of successful breeding of Bald Eagles at LLELA.] Warblers are slowly making it in, Orioles are around, Scissortails, both kingbirds and lots of egrets and herons. Come see what we can find!
Sue YOST ~^/^~ LLELA Denton Co. ------------------------------
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