Date: 1/6/19 2:51 pm From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> Subject: [texbirds] CBC Challenge - My Wrinkle on Things
I participated in the three CBCs that I compile - all in the allegedly dry, truly windswept, and not really birdless vicinity of Lubbock.
As there was no way I could compete with Matagorda County - a CBC I participated in once and was blown away by - I decided to compete against eBird. How well did I do against the cumulative December list for Bailey, Crosby, Dickens, and Lubbock Counties (counties included in my CBCs) from 1998 through 2018 (my era in the region).
Cumulatively, those four counties have racked up 221 species during the Decembers between 1998 and 2018. My routes are pretty good (the third best route on the Lubbock County CBC, the second best route on the Muleshoe NWR CBC, and the best route on the White River Lake CBC) and I tallied 92 species on the Lubbock County CBC on the 15th, added three new species during the Muleshoe NWR CBC on the 16th, and added twenty-four new species during the White River Lake CBC on the 29th - bringing my CBC total for the year to 119.
Well, 119 divided into 221 is 53.8462% and I feel reasonably happy to have done so well without even knowing what I was trying to do:)
My one person in three sections effort against Matador County's 123 person effort in twelve sections was only 119 out of 237 (50.2111%) and, again, I feel pretty good. I've been practicing, keeping the ankles loose and the eyeballs hydrated, ready to give 1110% to the team, etc... and that ain't bad.
My favorite bird was one I didn't see: with a bit of a wave of Eastern Towhees in the Panhandle Proper, I really enjoyed giving every Spotted Towhee (the species that turned me into a birder by the by) seen during the White River Lake CBC a thorough going over and learned a bit about Spotted Towhee variation ... but I was not able to turn any of them into a Spotted Towhee. Brandon Best and Rich Kostecke, however, found a hybrid on their route so kudos to them!