In the December issue of Winging It, Jeff Skrentny shared with us his thorough review of the ABA's "countability" rules. He discovered that, in some cases, "what counts" is not always obvious.
What's your take? Based on the ABA Recording Rules, what do you think of Jeff's conclusions? Would you count a bird that you saw in a province where it's not on the list? What about a bird just pulled out of a mist net? Or a species that's been somwhat recently repatriated in the area? How about a bird that the ABA Checklist Committee says isn't established in your state–when that state's committee says it is? And, in particular, if you saw the Thick-billed Parrot in New Mexico, do you count it?
Andrew Aldrich photographed this Barnacle Goose in Illinois, where it's not on the state list.