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    Is it ABA countable? The Ultimate Flowchart

    It has happened to every birder at one point or another. A great bird is seen, maybe even a lifer, and in the wake of the initial euphoria a single question is posed.

    “Is it countable?”

    Thankfully for those birders not interested in wading through the official rules on countability, Nick Lund of the irreverent birding blog The Birdist has created the ultimate flowchart that every birder who has ever asked that question, or even those who haven’t, should have a look at.

    Lund ABA flowchart

    If your quandry has not yet been settled, you’ll need to head over to The Birdist for the resolution.

    It’s well, well worth your time.

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    Nate Swick

    Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog. A long-time member of the bird blogosphere, Nate has been writing about birds and birding at The Drinking Bird since 2007, but can also be found writing regularly at 10,000 Birds. In the non-digital world, he's an environmental educator and interpretive naturalist. Nate lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children, who are not yet aware that they are being groomed to be birders.
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    • Mel Goff

      I am so confused. If I read this right, the robin in my birdbath is not countable but the weather vane rooster on my neighbor’s garage is!

      No, wait…

      The Purple Swamphen is finally countable UNLESS you are applying for a “Wings Over Florida” certificate.

      No, wait…

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