Archivos de diario de febrero 2024

08 de febrero de 2024

Early February

Following up on a post from a year ago: 'How are we doing with our survey effort?' From the data, let's look again at the combinations of county and species. With the 2023 data, we have 6,806 combinations of the 88 Ohio counties and the possible species. This number grows as County Records are established. We can compare this cumulative number to individual years, or now that we have 7 years of survey data, a multi-year accumulation. The chart shows the most recent years. In orange is cumulative co|sp value - as theoretical maximum growing year by year (scale is on the left). The blue line is the 1 year % value (right scale) of the max. The green line is the percent of the theoretical max accounted for in the 7 year running accumulation (scale is on the right). Note that prior to the start of the statewide survey, the percent yearly observed was in single digits, even with 7 year data, the % was only in the 20% range.. We are now over 80% - meaning a significant majority of the documented co|sp pairs are being recorded. This helps answer the question - we are doing better, and overall, pretty good.

Comparing pre-1950 data to Survey II (2017-2023), Survey II had 4129 Co|Sp combinations not recorded through 1950. Pre-1950 had 473 not in Survey II. What stands out as missing?

By species.
Rainbow Bluet in 21 Counties.
Lyre-tipped Spreadwing in 20 Counties.
Ruby Meadowhawk in 18 Counties.
White-faced Meadowhawk 14 Counties.

A partial explanation could be habitat loss through various means. Ruby Meadowhawk just needs more/better photos.

By County.
Ashland Co is short 37 species.
Defiance, 27 species.
Erie, 27 species.
Ottawa, 25 species.
Paulding, 35 species.
Williams, 33 species.

All of these deficits are probably due to decreased attention. These would be opportunities.

Publicado el febrero 8, 2024 01:14 MAÑANA por jimlem jimlem | 1 comentario | Deja un comentario

13 de febrero de 2024

February 13

In review, 2023 had some interesting day numbers - which led to thinking more generally about the season and the data.

The number that started it was 721. This is the number of observations identified to species on 7/14/2023. This is the highest one day total (ever) in the data, ahead of the 696 from 6/25/2022. We also had a good day on 6/17/2023 with 693 observations. These "days" have more records than most historical "years", and any year prior to 1959 (which had 1014 observations).

We had three days in 2023 with observations in 40 different counties: 6/25; 7/14; and 7/16. High county days for earlier years were a peak of 44 counties on 7/8/2019, and three days for 42 counties: 6/21/2019; 7/14/2019; and 6/19/2022. We have to go back to 6/11/2016 to find the highest county number prior to the recent survey years (2017-2023) - this day had 17 counties and ranks as #659.

The 2023 day with the most observers was 7/16 with 75 different users. This is behind earlier year highs of 86 observers on 6/12/2021 and 80 on 7/13/2019.

One of the most remarkable numbers for 2023 was 75 species recorded on 6/4. 6/3/2023 was close with 68 species. These two days combined had 84 users recording 1012 observations covering 81 species. These species counts (75, 68, 81) represent half or more of the annual species totals.

Blue Dasher had the high one day observations on 7/14/2023 with 76. This number trails Eastern Forktail on 5/29/2022 with 112, and Eastern Pondhawk on 8/13/2022 with 103.

Widow Skimmer had the most counties in a day for 2023 with 21 on 7/14. Earlier highs are Blue Dasher in 2019 with 25 counties on 7/13 and 24 counties on 7/14.

Widow Skimmer on 7/14/2023 was also the high for number of observers for a species in a day with 27. This also lags the Blue Dasher on 7/13/2019 where 35 people recorded observations.

For individual users on individual days:
monicap273 recorded 229 observations on 6/3/2023
lisaclairemiller recorded 55 Blue Dashers on 8/8/2023
jimlem recorded 34 species on 7/27/2023

Five days had users with observations in 5 counties:
6/21/2023 - monicap273 (Hancock, Huron, Lorain, Sandusky, Seneca)
6/25/2023 - monicap273 (Columbiana, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Tuscarawas)
6/26/2023 - dmcshaffrey (Carroll, Guernsey, Noble, Stark, Washington)
9/3/2023 - jimlem (Allen, Defiance, Logan, Paulding, Van Wert)
9/20/2023 - jimlem (Auglaize, Champaign, Mercer, Shelby Van Wert)

Publicado el febrero 13, 2024 08:09 TARDE por jimlem jimlem | 5 comentarios | Deja un comentario

23 de febrero de 2024

Feb 23 - getting ready

Days are increasing in length. Spring flowers are off to an early start. Maybe a dragon soon? We're only a couple weeks away from our earliest Common Green Darner observation (March 6).

This got me thinking on what and when. As noted, CGD gets us started, then followed by Variegated Meadowhawk, Fragile Forktail, and Swamp Darner as possibilities in March. Check out the early flight date chart at

I updated the chart on observations and species count for our season intervals. This is based on all the data.

The peak for both occur in the last 10 days of June - the scales here are adjusted to match the peaks. Interesting that our species count generally outpaces our observations in this charting. I think it holds that the more observations we make, the more species we will see, but there's some wiggle room here. Things ramp up quickly starting in late April, then species hold on a little better in late September.

Publicado el febrero 23, 2024 07:53 TARDE por jimlem jimlem | 1 comentario | Deja un comentario

27 de febrero de 2024

Feb 26 - days and numbers

Still thinking about survey and the number of observations to represent species. A different look is to start with individual days and plot number of species against number of observations on those individual days. Using recent years data (2021-2023), for our busier months (Apr-Sep), this is 524 days. There is data for every day for all three year in Jun-Sep, some missing days in Apr-May. Here's the chart:

The dots are color coded: Blue is Apr-May, Green is Jun-Jul, Orange is Aug-Sep. Remember that this is the same number of days (183) for Jun-Jul and Aug-Sep. Slightly less for Apr-May (158).

As expected, Jun-Jul show the highest numbers. Good diversity on the wing and people looking.

Apr-May is clustered on the lower left. While not much to see early on, there are some higher numbers in late May.

Aug-Sep is clustered generally higher than Apr-May, but well below Jun-Jul. No days above 50 species, even with higher numbers of observations.

Publicado el febrero 27, 2024 01:07 MAÑANA por jimlem jimlem | 4 comentarios | Deja un comentario