Date: 7/10/18 9:52 am From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> Subject: [texbirds] The 2018 Photographic Game - June Report
Finding myself beset with the need to paint the exterior of my house and really work the yard back into shape, I decided to see what kind of numbers I can rack up from my central Lubbock yard this year and, accordingly, have made photo-documenting my yard my photography game for the year.
Given the habitat available at the site, my goals are going to be pretty modest. I am shooting for 40 butterfly species, 0 amphibian species, 2 reptile species, 80 birds species, and 4 mammal species - of which I hope to photograph over 90%. This may not be as exciting as some of my previous photographic games but it will certainly be hard-fought.
The results from the drought-ridden sixth month were very poor. We had a couple of minor rains scattered through the month which brought some flowers up but did little for critters. The coolest critter of the month was a Brazilian Skipper which blasted into the yard, visited a Turk's-cap, and blasted out - before I could even think of running for the camera! At the slower end of the spectrum my Ornate Box Turtles finally emerged ... and I did get photographs!
During May I had 16 butterfly, 2 reptile, 21 bird, and 2 mammal species in/over/from the yard - far below what is normal for the month - putting me at 17 butterfly, 0 amphibian, 2 reptile, 35 bird, and 2 mammal species for the year - 40%, 100%, 50%, 43.75%, and 50% of my taxonomic goals. Of the 56 species seen thus far this year I have photographs of 49(87.5000%).
Things are still looking a bit grim both yard- and goals-wise.
The list follows (* = new, (y) = photographed):
Funereal Duskywings Horace's Duskywings*(y) Mournful Duskywings*(y) Common Checkered Skipper Sachem*(y) Brazilian Skipper* Cabbage White Orange Sulphur Southern Dogface*(y) Sleepy Orange Dainty Sulphur Gray Hairstreak Marine Blue Reakirt's Blue Queen*(y) American Lady
Ornate Box Turtle*(y) Mediterranean Gecko
Rock Pigeon Eurasian Collared Dove White-winged Dove Mourning Dove Chimney Swift*(y) Black-chinned Hummingbird Double-crested Cormorant Great Egret Black-crowned Night Heron Mississippi Kite Western Kingbird Blue Jay Cliff Swallow* American Robin Curve-billed Thrasher Northern Mockingbird European Starling House Sparrow House Finch Great-tailed Grackle Northern Cardinal
Eastern Gray Squirrel House Mouse
Year halfway - way below target - still trying; Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock