Date: 12/25/18 7:40 am From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> Subject: [texbirds] The 2018 Tri-county Competition - December (final) Report
This year the competition will feature three competitors and their counties (Brandon Best with Hill County, Anthony Hewetson with Floyd County, and Rich Kostecke with Lee County).
Again, we will be weighting our county totals to eBird county totals which, at the end of 2017, stood at 225 species in Floyd County, 230 species in Hill County, and 251 species in Lee County. Species added to the counties during 2018 will not become a part of this weighting.
A change introduced this year - to make things fairer in terms of people's work schedules - is that we only get two visits (to last no longer than one day) to our counties per month.
The counties are close to each other in size and varieties of habitat available with Hill County having the advantage of most permanent water, Lee County having the advantage of a more southerly location, and Floyd County having the advantage of a potentially better blend of eastern and western species.
The results at the end of November: Anthony in the lead with 221 species (98.2222%), Brandon in second (barely) with 209 species (90.8696%), and Rich in third (barely) with 227 species (90.4382%).
December was, law of diminishing returns in full effect, slow for all of us.
Mr. Best got in first, visiting Hill County on 12/1/18, and picking up one species (Sedge Wren) moving up to 210 species (91.3034%), strengthening his second place position a bit.
Mr. Kostecke answered by visiting Lee County on 12/2/18, picking up three species (Prairie Falcon, Dark-eyed Junco, and American Woodcock) moving up to 230 species and moving into second place with 91.6335%.
Rich got out to Lee County again on 12/9/18 and picked up one species (Purple Finch) finishing off the year with 231 species (92.0219%), firming up his second place position.
Brandon put in his final visit to Hill County on 12/15/18 picking up one species (Pine Warbler) finishing off the year with 211 species (91.7391%).
Mr. Hewetson boogied about Floyd County on 12/22/18, happy to - finally - be feeling well enough (after a dismal November) to participate and picked up two species (Ring-billed Gull and Common Goldeneye) moving up to 223 species and 98.2222%.
After a day off to recover, Anthony paid his last visit to Floyd County on 12/24/18 and picked up absolutely nothing new at all, finishing off the year with 223 species (98.2222%).
In sum; AH in first with 223 species (98.2222%), RK in second with 231 species (92.0219%), and BB in third with 211 species (91.7391%).
A second post will be going out - shortly - putting our efforts into some eBird context and explaining the value (aside from good-natured competition) of our efforts.