Date: 1/1/18 11:08 am
From: Ron Huebner <feralbirder...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Kostecke:Hewetson Competition - An Incredibly Close Finish
Congrats to Both of you!!
On Jan 1, 2018 12:22 PM, "Anthony Hewetson" <fattonybirds...> wrote:

> 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 got into Fayette County at least three times, adding Green Kingfisher
> during his first visit, Harris's Sparrow and Sora during his second visit,
> and Snow Goose, Ross's Goose, Greater-white Fronted Goose, Dunlin, Brown
> Creeper, and Dark-eyed Junco during his third visit, rocking out the old
> year with 227 species.
>
> I was able to get out to my county twice during the month, adding
> Chestnut-collared Longspur and Harris's Sparrow during the first visit and
> adding Short-eared Owl during the White River Lake Christmas Bird Count,
> finishing out the year with 248 species.
>
> This year's game was weighted for eBird history and with Rich scoring many,
> many more birds during the month than did I, my tight lead grew tighter and
> tighter, then vanished, and then reversed itself. Rich's 227 out of 264
> species put his final score in at 85.9848%. My 248 out of 290 species put
> my final score in at 85.5172%.
>
> *HUZZAH, HUZZAH, HUZZAH - Rich takes the prize (a moderately priced bottle
> of whiskey) by 0.4676% - a blowout by competitive running, skiing, diving,
> and - now - birding standards!*
>
> By the time the CBC rolled around, the only way the finish could have been
> closer is if I had added one more species in which case I would have lost
> by .1228% or if I had added two more species in which case I would have won
> by .0022%. A hard won bottle of whiskey, indeed!
>
> This was our fifth game: I won the home county vs. home county game back in
> 2013, we tied during the home region vs. home region game in 2014, I won
> the Clapp Park vs. Lake Devine game in 2015, I won the yard vs. yard game
> in 2106, and - in what could be the start of a disturbing new trend - Rich
> took 2017.
>
> *MOST IMPORTANT*, however, is that we both eBirded every trip, allowing our
> frivolity to contribute a lot of data to two relatively poorly birded
> counties. Our 2018 game - details to be released a little later today -
> should serve the same purposes: friendly competition and eBird data.
>
> We would both like to thank all of the folk who provided us with sightings
> to track down, offered encouragement, or just plain sent us e-mails letting
> us know that they enjoyed the ongoing competition.
>
> Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock
>
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