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2007 Bexar County Birding Challenge

Previous years: 2006 :: 2005 :: 2004 :: 2003 :: 2002

DEFINITION

An effort to continue interest and study of our avifauna, their habitat, local and distant hotspots, and birding dialog and communication. Join us in a concerted effort to explore our environment while we improve our skills! Bexar County Bird Challenge (BCBC) is a year-long effort to identify a varied number species of birds within the confines of a specified area between 1 January and 31 December.

Instead of just a set number of birds to be seen within the county, you can participate in a number of ways; simply complete the criteria in any one of the following categories, or better yet, master all of them:

RULES

A bird included on an individual’s BCBC list must have been observed in accordance with the following rules:

1. The bird must be observed within the specified boundaries. [With the exception of the backyard category as given above]
2. The species* must be currently accepted by the ABA Checklist Committee.
3. The species must be alive, wild, and unrestrained for a minimum of 24 hours. Sick or injured birds may be counted. Eggs or nests do not count as birds.
4. The bird must be identified by the individual listing the bird (i.e. the individual that adds the species to his/her list must identify the bird either visually or audibly).
5. The bird must be observed under conditions that conform to the ABA code of ethics.
6. If a species origin is questionable, the decision of the contest judge is final.

* A bird identified as one of a species or group (i.e., scaup, either greater or lesser) may be counted as a species if no other bird in that group appears on your list. For example: Dowitcher sp. counts as one bird. Short-billed Dowitcher and Dowitcher sp. still counts as just one species.

JOIN!

You may join the BCBC Challenge at any time throughout the year. Send reports at the end of each month to Mike Fatone, BCBC Coordinator, via e-mail at saasbcbc@yahoo.com or mail them to the club's address, ATTN: BCBC Coordinator. Contact Mike with any questions or comments on the BCBC.


2007 Participants and totals:

BY=Backyard, BC=Bexar County, CC=Comal County, MC=Medina County, KC=Kendall County, GC=Guadalupe County, TX=Texas list

 
BY
BC
CC
MC
KC
GC
TX
Dodge Engleman
249
330
Lorna Engleman
209
312
Mike Fatone
15
96
22
23
156
Mariann Golden  

212

         
Curt McCamy
55
218
301
Cathy Pedraza
37
121
60
224
Elton Stillwell
110
176
272
Sandi Wheeler
44
118
102
32
138
304

 


 

2006 Participants and totals:

BY=Backyard, BC=Bexar County, CC=Comal County, MC=Medina County, KC=Kendall County, GC=Guadalupe County, TX=Texas list

 
BY
BC
CC
MC
KC
GC
TX
Keith Bartels
95
Francis Campbell
31
Mike Creese
233
316
Dodge Engleman
260
302
Lorna Engleman
222
272
Andy Garcia
47
196
295
Wendy Garcia
47
196
295
Mariann Golden
212
Dana Green
40
248
211
363
Curt Harwerth
45
194
234
Barbara Kyse
48
225
248
Joan Lasswell
28
161
161
Lynn Lasswell
27
161
161
Leslie Linehan
136
163
165
Greg Lisciandro
45
128
Curt McCamy
64
234
322
Jan McClintock
80
113
Helen Rejzek
289
336
Elton Stilwell
114
165
200
308
Carla Stone
79
78
190
Tim Stone
79
81
192
Malcolm Mark Swan
256
Sandi Wheeler
44
143
61
48
41
114
263

 


2005 Participants and totals:

BC=Bexar County, MC=Medina County, CC=Comal County, BDC=Bandera County, KN=Kendall County, KC=Kerr County, TX=Texas, US=Lower 48.

BC
MC
CC
BDC
KC
KN
TX
US
Mike Creese 232           422 468
Dodge Engleman 247           372 376
Lorna Engleman 178           321 330
Andy Garcia 197           313 335
Wendy Garcia 199           309 331
Mariann Golden 212              
Curt Harwerth 216           291 331
Leslie Linehan 132   146          
Greg Lisciandro 169              
Curt McCamy 246           335 362
Jan McClintock   119            
Karen Moulder 174           297 334
Helen Rejzek 278           367 420
Elton Stillwell 170         212 333 367

 


 

2004 Participants and totals:

BC=Bexar County, MC=Medina County, CC=Comal County, BDC=Bandera County, KN=Kendall County, KC=Kerr County, TX=Texas, US=Lower 48.

BC
MC
CC
BDC
KC
KN
TX
US
Amanda Boschert 68              
Eric Brierley 224           270 297
Sheridan Coffey 231           417 459
Dodge Engleman 247           330 356
Lorna Engleman 207           295 330
Wendy Garcia 211           321 335
Andy Garcia 214           325 340
Mariann Golden 218              
Curt Harwerth 231           282  
Andy Hudson 100           125 130
Leslie Linehan 114   152          
Greg Lisciandro 201              
Curt McCamy 237           351 362
Jan McClintock   119            
Karen Moulder 208           295 301
Richard Redmond       37 49      
Elton Stillwell 205         225 374 402

 


 

2003 Participants and totals:

BC=Bexar County; AC=Atascosa County; BN=Bandera County; CC=Comal County; GC=Guadalupe County; KC=Kendall County; MC=Medina County; WC=Wilson County; TX=Texas; US=Continental United States

BC
CC
MC
TX
US
Dodge Engleman
242
 
322
339
Lorna Engleman
219
 
306
317
Eric Brierley
212
 
339
355
Jill Wood
217
 
316
Richard Wood
219
 
317
Georgina Schwartz
200
106
76
Mike Creese
246
 
356
423
Bob Doe
250
 
328
379
Sheridan Coffey
223
 
416
485
Fran Campbell
122
 
174
198
Helen Rezjek
250
 
274
408
Greg Lisciandro
201
 
Leslie Linehan
96
148
175
Jan McClintock
 
101
Susan Schaezler
141
Curt McCamy 203     276  
Wendy Garcia 200        
Andy Garcia 200        
Marian Golden 204        

 


 

BCBC 2002—The Final Stats


[The goal of the BCBC 2002 was to reach 212 birds within Bexar County.]

A single shrike and 32 various species of shorebirds, those birds combined with 1 waxwing; 2 pipits; 3 kingfishers; 4 rails; 5 grebes; 6 owls; 7 doves; 10 vireos; 16 flycatchers; 17 herons and allies; 22 hawks, falcons, kites and vultures; 23 ducks and geese; and 28 warblers (as well as numerous other birds) equals the sum total of the 2002 Bexar County Bird Challenge.

The grand total of birds seen in the county for the year was 316. (*Notates birds which fall in the category of rare, accidental or hypothetical and were not documented or seen by multiple observers. 14 birds are annotated as such, leaving the county total at 302.)

Our high individual total for the year was 276 found by Dodge Engleman. Dodge was also our first birder to reach 212 (He did so on 5 May). Our last 212 member was Andy Garcia (He hit 212 on 30 Dec). A total of 15 people reached the 212 plateau (8 people found over 225; 4 of which had over 250).

Individual Totals for the Year:
Dodge Engleman—276
Lorna Engleman—273
Mike Creese—267
Helen Rejzek—265
Sheridan Coffey—244
Curt Harwerth—239
Georgina Schwartz—230
Scott Gruwell—228
Malcolm Williams—219
Greg Lisciandro—217
Karen Moulder—217
Linda McMahan—214
Mariann Golden—213
Andy Garcia—212
Kathy Gaudet—212
Tracy Norris—204
Sandy Guerrero—189
Leslie Linehan—179
Fran Campbell—139
Warren Stricker—126

So, what birds were number 212, when and where were they seen?
5 May—Dodge Engleman—Tennessee Warbler—Comanche Lookout Park
9 May—Helen Rejzek—Eastern Wood-Pewee—Comanche Lookout Park
11 May—Mike Creese—Northern Parula—Comanche Lookout Park
11 May—Lorna Engleman—Bay-breasted Warbler—Comanche Lookout Park
14 May—Curt Harwerth—Canada Warbler—Avenue A
31 May—Sheridan Coffey—Brown-crested Flycatcher—Mitchell Lake
25 June—Malcolm Williams—Eurasian Collared-Dove—UC Post Office
27 July—Scott Gruwell—Peregrine Falcon—Loop 1604 & Old Pearsall Road
1 Sep—Georgina Schwartz—Marbled Godwit—Mitchell Lake
2 Sep—Mariann Golden—Willet—Mitchell Lake
11 Nov—Linda McMahan—Ring-billed Gull—Calaveras Lake
19 Nov—Karen Moulder—White-throated Sparrow—Avenue A
1 Dec—Kathy Gaudet—Ring-necked Duck—Live Oak Park
10 Dec—Greg Lisciandro—Virginia Rail—Calaveras Lake
30 Dec—Andy Garcia—Canada Goose—Woodlawn Lake

Most of these locations are listed on this page.


 

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