November 05, 2022

100 Birds in 4 Days

One of my new year's resolution this year was to observe at least 100 bird species a month (research grade observations), as detailed in my previous journal post ( Thankfully, I've been able to hit this goal (which is not super difficult as my home location grants me easy access to many diverse bird habitats) every month of the year, and so 1 of the things I track to make it more interesting is how long does it take to get to 100 bird species observations. Previously, the fastest I've gotten to 100 was in May, where I was able to do it in 5 days (although in my mind this month always had an * since I spent the first day of the month in Southern California which made it much easier to get to 100). Today, when I woke up and checked I-nat I was at 73 bird species for the month and started to think, maybe, just maybe, I can get a new personal record and get to 100 bird species observed in 4 days...I just needed 27 more observations. So I went for it, drove south and north along the coast (thanks to hybrid work week 'working from home' for making this possible), visited elkhorn slough, wilder ranch state park, natural bridges state park and Swanton Berry farm and was able to get 101 bird species observations at the time of writing this post. Again I will like to thank all the people that take time out of their busy lives to ID my photos (special shoutouts to @burtosa @feathered @roomthily @david99 @guyincognito). I've enjoyed the journey and looking forward to observing more bird species in California and on my travels.

Posted on November 05, 2022 04:23 AM by muddphoto muddphoto | 1 observation | 1 comment | Leave a comment

September 24, 2022

Thank You!!

When I stumbled on iNaturalist less than a year ago I couldn't imagine the journey I was about to partake in. What started out as a means to identify some animals observed from my wildlife photography, turned into a quest to observe 1000 species, which got refined to 1000 species of research grade animalia(plant photography is just not as fun). During the process I've learned so much from the over 1000 identifiers that have added identifications to my observations, such as; gull identification is next to impossible, it's basically impossible to tell the difference between a short bill and long bill dowitcher, parrotfish identification is next to impossible, different species of ladybugs have a different number of spots and some have no spots, there are a large number of pollinators that exist that are not called Western honey bees. I've also learnt some not so pleasant things; the deformed wing virus affecting western honey bees, that over 50 of the species I've observed are threatened in some way, and that a few are endangered, like the Jamaican Ameiva, Caribbean reef shark, Caribbean whiptail sting ray.

The journey has been amazing (setting some mini goals along the way, e.g. 100 bird ids a month, and 300 animalia ids a month in any month that I leave the state of California) and I have reached my goal (which seemed impossible at the start) and I would like to specially thank certain identifiers for helping to reach my goal.

Clas aves
@david99, @guyincognito, @lsueza , @roomthily, @motmot, @bigsam, @a-tristis, @feathered, @bridgetspencer, @paniaguanaturalista, @eric_centenero-alcala, @aguilita, @quiltedquetzal, @dougstotz. Special mention to @burtosa for helping me identify that small gull in Santa cruz.

Class Actinopterygii
@sue1001, @uconnbirdfish, @maractwin, @socal_angling, @nat_t, @jbrasher, @kempe. Special mention to @prickly_sculpin for al the sculpin ids.

Class Arachnida
@tigerbb, @e16, @jumping_arachnids

Class Insecta
@akk2, @josefloribundus, @kgrebennikov, @tvl, @jimjohnson, @roomthily, @elytrid, @trinaroberts, @lupoli_roland, @bdagley, @pedro3111, @aguilita, @zdanko

Phylum Porifera
@blue_lotus for all the sponge identifications

Phylum Cnidaria
@joe_fish, @phelsumas4life for all the coral identifications

Phylum Mollusca
@jeffgoddard, especially for those limpets

Class Reptilia
@inbar for all the anole identifications

Class Malacostraca

Phylum Annelida

Phylum Echinodermata
@predomalpha, @jbrasher, @phelsumas4life

Special shoutout to @damionwhyte for all the Jamaica animalia ids.

Thanks again for sharing your knowledge and bearing with me as I posted over 10,000 observations in the past year.

For those who are curious here is the breakdown
Birds, Class Aves, 284
Insects, Class Insecta, 225
Ray-finned Fishes, Class Actinopterygii, 208
Molluscs, Phylum Mollusca, 59
Cnidarians, Phylum Cnidaria, 41
Arachnids, Class Arachnida, 35
Reptiles, Class Reptilia, 35
Mammals, Class Mammalia, 31
Malacostracans, Class Malacostraca, 29
Sponges, Phylum Porifera, 16
Echinoderms, Phylum Echinodermata, 12
Segmented Worms, Phylum Annelida, 8
Amphibians, Class Amphibia, 5
Elasmobranchs, Class Elasmobranchii, 5
Barnacles and Copepods, Class Hexanauplia, 4
Millipedes, Class Diplopoda, 2
Sea Squirts, Class Ascidiacea, 1
Entognathans, Class Entognatha, 0
Centipedes, Class Chilopoda, 0

Posted on September 24, 2022 08:18 PM by muddphoto muddphoto | 14 comments | Leave a comment


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