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Would you count these birds?

BARG_AldrichIn 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 somewhat 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.

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Michael Retter
Michael L. P. Retter is the editor of the ABA's newest magazine, Birder's Guide. He also wears his ABA cap while working as a Technical Reviewer for Birding magazine. When not at home, Michael is often leading tours in Middle America (Mexico through Panama). He currently lives with his fiancé, Matt, in Fort Worth, Texas. In his fleeting free time there, he pursues interests in horticulture (especially orchids), music, cooking, and numismatics. Michael also runs GBNA, the continent's informal club and email list for LGBT birders.
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