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Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 29th November 2019, 23:53
Replies: 275
Views: 44,499
Posted By Mysticete
heard only birds are countable under ABA...

heard only birds are countable under ABA guidelines
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 18th November 2019, 12:28
Replies: 275
Views: 44,499
Posted By Mysticete
yep, as mentioned "Lower 48" is slang that was...

yep, as mentioned "Lower 48" is slang that was created before the addition of Hawaii. And a lot of birders that want to do a big year but don't have the money to be flying off to either of those two...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 18th November 2019, 12:25
Replies: 37
Views: 1,481
Posted By Mysticete
Only two lifers this year (Southern Red-backed...

Only two lifers this year (Southern Red-backed Vole and Sedge Wren), although I am still in that "new state mode", so I think I racked up a decent number of state birds. Nothing to rare though....
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 6th October 2019, 14:15
Replies: 11
Views: 670
Posted By Mysticete
When it comes to seabirds though, even code 1 and...

When it comes to seabirds though, even code 1 and 2 can be missable given the vagaries of weather and pelagic tour schedules.
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 29th September 2019, 14:16
Replies: 4,122
Views: 729,332
Posted By Mysticete
Probably impossible...removing a cute songbird in...

Probably impossible...removing a cute songbird in suburban areas is...difficult. Plus, the republican legislature has massacred the budget of the Department of Natural Resources, and they already...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 29th September 2019, 14:12
Replies: 4,122
Views: 729,332
Posted By Mysticete
A bird distributor in the Chicago area...a decade...

A bird distributor in the Chicago area...a decade or so ago? went out of business and decided to just release all of his stock. That was illegal of course, but it happened. In the years following...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 29th September 2019, 00:32
Replies: 4,122
Views: 729,332
Posted By Mysticete
Technically not a lifer (seen in native range),...

Technically not a lifer (seen in native range), and not even countable yet, but seeing 3 separate Great Tits today at Kohler-Andrae State Park and later Sheyboygan Indian Mounds Park in Wisconsin was...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 20th September 2019, 18:49
Replies: 4
Views: 631
Posted By Mysticete
note that something doesn't have to be...

note that something doesn't have to be "countable" to be entered in Ebird. In fact Ebird wants folks to enter not yet countable birds into the system, because researchers can use that data to track...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 4th August 2019, 19:54
Replies: 28
Views: 3,460
Posted By Mysticete
at a local level there is somewhat of a twitching...

at a local level there is somewhat of a twitching scene in certain parts of the country. Certainly you will find it in places like NYC area and Southern California. But yeah, the distribution of...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Sunday 30th June 2019, 12:29
Replies: 39
Views: 3,485
Posted By Mysticete
nope...Stejneger's is new to IOC...first IOC...

nope...Stejneger's is new to IOC...first IOC split I have gotten in a very very long time.
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Saturday 8th June 2019, 03:47
Replies: 3
Views: 714
Posted By Mysticete
Glancing at the table of contents and reading the...

Glancing at the table of contents and reading the book description, it's obvious that the main purpose of the book is to highlight new methods and research avenues that can be used with museum...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 4th June 2019, 03:21
Replies: 4,122
Views: 729,332
Posted By Mysticete
After a very very long hiatus, I finally got a...

After a very very long hiatus, I finally got a lifer: Sedge Wren, the last non-vagrant wren I needed for the ABA area
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Saturday 6th April 2019, 17:51
Replies: 26
Views: 10,041
Posted By Mysticete
Do realize however that when you are...

Do realize however that when you are communicating on a public forum, you are likely to confuse people when you make comments about Astur being split without any reference that this is a personal...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Tuesday 19th March 2019, 13:39
Replies: 201
Views: 12,773
Posted By Mysticete
I find complaints of American-centric names...

I find complaints of American-centric names funny, given that the BOU disbanded there own taxonomic committee IIRC. It's like complaining about a rival sports team winning when your own team never...
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 19th February 2019, 02:15
Replies: 157
Views: 6,726
Posted By Mysticete
They are levels of rarity Here is the...

They are levels of rarity

Here is the description from ebird:

"Code 1 and Code 2: Regularly occurring North American avifauna.
Includes regular breeding species and visitors. There is no firm...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 17th February 2019, 22:45
Replies: 157
Views: 6,726
Posted By Mysticete
The ABA doesn't use categories. It's either on...

The ABA doesn't use categories. It's either on the list or it isn't. California Condor was on the list as a code 6, which mean extinct and not countable. it's no longer listed as that.
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 17th February 2019, 16:26
Replies: 31
Views: 1,154
Posted By Mysticete
To complicate matters even more, even in North...

To complicate matters even more, even in North America the habitats and lifestyles of these birds can be significantly different in different parts of the country.

Out east (NY, MI, WI, etc), I find...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 17th February 2019, 16:18
Replies: 157
Views: 6,726
Posted By Mysticete
One final comment: I used to be very pro...

One final comment:

I used to be very pro standardization of names, but really I have gotten to the point of "I don't really care"

Some standardization is needed within a country. Birders in New...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 17th February 2019, 16:10
Replies: 157
Views: 6,726
Posted By Mysticete
I don't post as much as I used to...pre-tenure is...

I don't post as much as I used to...pre-tenure is rough on the time allotted to birding, and and living in a cold snowy climate isn't a great motivator.

That said:

A comment about how the science...
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 17th February 2019, 15:55
Replies: 157
Views: 6,726
Posted By Mysticete
The American Birding Association has recently...

The American Birding Association has recently changed there rules to allow countability of native introduced birds, as long as some degree of successful reproduction has happened. So birders can now...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Sunday 18th November 2018, 02:49
Replies: 88
Views: 10,613
Posted By Mysticete
This is by far the weirdest single set of...

This is by far the weirdest single set of proposals in one bundle I have ever read from AOU. From a proposal to split Harlan's Hawk that includes an equally long counter-proposal not to, to renaming...
Forum: Birds & Birding Saturday 7th July 2018, 14:02
Replies: 11
Views: 966
Posted By Mysticete
yeah I don't think junkbirds are meant as...

yeah I don't think junkbirds are meant as blackbirds or crows in this regard. Almost certainly the various introduced species. I suspect if a Hawaiian Crow showed up at a feeder he had, he would be...
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Saturday 7th July 2018, 13:58
Replies: 15
Views: 1,239
Posted By Mysticete
I don't think there is any rule that states that...

I don't think there is any rule that states that eye color can't be used to distinguish subspecies, although the norms in ornithology may not consider it all that important in taxonomy. Certainly...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 6th July 2018, 15:01
Replies: 145
Views: 28,350
Posted By Mysticete
Let us know how it goes! Hoping to hit up Maine...

Let us know how it goes! Hoping to hit up Maine next summer for a birding trip (still need some of those North Atlantic ABA birds, despite living in NY for a couple of years).
Forum: Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature Monday 2nd July 2018, 14:24
Replies: 58
Views: 6,892
Posted By Mysticete
comments are now available...

comments are now available online:

http://checklist.aou.org/nacc/proposals/2018.html
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