Date: 9/3/20 10:33 am From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> Subject: [texbirds] 2020 Photographic Game - August 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:)
August was interesting - with very little rain, I was doing 2-3 spot-watering sessions every three days but the yard still looked grim. This resulted in lower than expected butterfly additions (only four species) but I did surprisingly well on birds (nine additions) was much worse than I hoped
During August I spotted 20 species of butterfly, 0 species of amphibian, 1 species of reptile, 36 species of bird, and 4 species of mammal, bringing me up to 36 species of butterfly, 0 species of amphibian, 1 species of reptile, 56 species of bird, and 4 species of mammal - 90%, 100%, 50%, 70%, and 100% of my taxonomic goals for the year. Of the ninety-seven species seen so far this year, I have photographs of eighty-seven (89.69%).
I think that September will be better as, with or without rain, things should cool down, bringing on more blossoms and butterflies and September always seem to kick out some lazily-flying waders and some interesting migrant birds.
The August list follows, coded as *= new, (y) = photographed:
Common Sootywings Common Checkered Skipper Orange Skipperling Sachem Nysa Roadside Skipper Cabbage White Orange Sulphur Southern Dogface Cloudless Sulphur*(y) Lyside Sulphur Gray Hairstreak Marine Blue Western Pygmy Blue*(y) Reakirt's Blue American Snout Queen* Gulf Fritillary Question Mark*(y) Painted Lady American Lady
Canada Goose Rock Pigeon Eurasian Collared Dove White-winged Dove Mourning Dove Chimney Swift Black-chinned Hummingbird Broad-tailed Hummingbird*(y) Rufous Hummingbird Calliope Hummingbird* Black Tern*(y) Double-crested Cormorant Great Egret Yellow-crowned Night Heron* Turkey Vulture Mississippi Kite Ladder-backed Woodpecker*(y) Ash-throated Flycatcher(y) Western Kingbird Loggerhead Shrike*(y) Blue Jay American Crow* Tree Swallow*(y) Barn Swallow Cliff Swallow American Robin Curve-billed Thrasher Northern Mockingbird European Starling House Sparrow House Finch Red-winged Blackbird Great-tailed Grackle MacGillivray's Warbler*(y) Northern Cardinal Painted Bunting(y)
Eastern Gray Squirrel North American Deermouse House Mouse Feral Cat