Date: 1/1/18 11:16 am From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> Subject: [texbirds] The Lynn County Photographic Game - Final 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 stuck 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.
Christmas Bird Counts ate up a lot of my time and I only managed 1.5 visits to Lynn County, noting 3 species of butterfly, 0 species of amphibian, 0 species of reptile, 93 species of bird, and 4 species of mammal during July, bringing me up to 55 species of butterfly, 10 species of amphibian, 14 species of reptile, 218 species of bird, and 14 species of mammal - moving the respective percentages up to 110%, 200%, 140%, 109%, and 140% - for the year.. Of the 311 species seen so far, I have acquired identifiable photographs of 282 - making for a 90.6752% success rate - I met all my goals this year, though, as always - thanks to nocturnals and skittish migrants - making the photographic goal was difficult.
And on with the list (* = new to the list, y = photographed) - arranged, I think, in the new AOU order.
Sleepy Orange Red Admiral Painted Lady
Greater White-fronted Goose Snow Goose Canada Goose Tundra Swan*(y) Northern Shoveler Gadwall American Wigeon Mallard Northern Pintail Green-winged Teal Canvasback Redhead Ring-necked Duck Lesser Scaup Common Goldeneye Bufflehead Hooded Merganser* Ruddy Duck Northern Bobwhite Pied-billed Grebe Eared Grebe Rock Pigeon Eurasian Collared Dove White-winged Dove Mourning Dove American Coot Sandhill Crane American Avocet Snowy Plover Killdeer Least Sandpiper Long-billed Dowitcher Wilson's Snipe Greater Yellowlegs Double-crested Cormorant Great Blue Heron Black-crowned Night Heron Northern Harrier Sharp-shinned Hawk Cooper's Hawk Red-tailed Hawk Ferrugiinous Hawk Barn Owl Great Horned Owl Burrowing Owl Golden-fronted Woodpecker Ladder-backed Woodpecker Northern Flicker American Kestrel Merlin Peregrine Falcon Prairie Falcon Loggerhead Shrike Blue Jay American Crow Chihuahuan Raven Horned Lark Marsh Wren Bewick's Wren Golden-crowned Kinglet* Ruby-crowned Kinglet Mountain Bluebird Hermit Thrush American Robin Curve-billed Thrasher Northern Mockingbird European Starling House Sparrow American Pipit House Finch Red Crossbill Spotted Towhee Canyon Towhee Field Sparrow Vesper Sparrow Lark Bunting Savannah Sparrow Song Sparrow Lincoln's Sparrow Swamp Sparrow White-crowned Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco Western Meadowlark Red-winged Blackbird Brown-headed Cowbird Brewer's Blackbird Common Grackle Great-tailed Grackle Orange-crowned Warbler Common Yellowthroat Yellow-rumped Warbler Northern Cardinal Pyrrhuloxia
Desert Cottontail Eastern Gray Squirrel Black-tailed Prairie Dog