Date: 8/1/20 12:10 pm From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> Subject: [texbirds] 2020 Photographic Game - July Report
I'm going to give it one more try: while polishing off the historical data for eBird I'm going to take it easy and try, once more, to have a good year in the yard, shooting for 40 species of butterfly, 0 species of amphibian (should be able to achieve that goal:)), 2 species of reptile, 80 species of bird, and 4 species of mammal - with at least 90% of the critters seen photographed.
Next year, by gosh and by golly, I will do something different:)
June was much worse than I hoped - as rain in the region dodged my yard until the last few days of the month, a massive heat wave dominated the month, and flowers, butterflies, and birds responded accordingly. I also seem to have lost my box turtles ... or they gave up on coming up this year.
During July I spotted 12 species of butterfly, 0 species of amphibian, 1 species of reptile, 24 species of bird, and 4 species of mammal, bringing me up to 32 species of butterfly, 0 species of amphibian, 1 species of reptile, 47 species of bird, and 4 species of mammal - 80%, 100%, 50%, 58.75%, and 100% of my taxonomic goals for the year. Of the eighty-four species seen so far this year, I have photographs of seventy-six (90.48%).
I think that August will be better as the last few days of July brought flower-replenishing rains to my yard, things seem to be cooling down and, if nothing else, August usually brings migrant hummingbirds and the first fall batch of butterflies.
The July list follows, coded as *= new, (y) = photographed:
Nysa Roadside Skipper Giant Swallowtail* Cabbage White Lyside Sulphur Gray Hairstreak Marine Blue Reakirt's Blue American Snout Monarch Gulf Fritillary(y) Red Admiral Painted Lady
Rock Pigeon Eurasian Collared Dove White-winged Dove Mourning Dove Common Nighthawk Chimney Swift Rufous Hummingbird*(y) Killdeer* Double-crested Cormorant Great Egret Turkey Vulture Mississippi Kite Western Kingbird Blue Jay Barn Swallow(y) Cliff Swallow American Robin Curve-billed Thrasher Northern Mockingbird European Starling House Sparrow House Finch Great-tailed Grackle Northern Cardinal
Eastern Gray Squirrel North American Deermouse House Mouse*(y) Feral Cat