Graylag Goose - status in Victoria amongst other "tickable ferals"

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Subject: Graylag Goose - status in Victoria amongst other "tickable ferals"
From: Paul Rose <>
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:39:16 +1100
Good afternoon,
Just a quick question regarding Graylag Goose (and other seemingly feral 
species) as a "tickable" species in Victoria.Without going into the discussion 
regarding individual qualifications for personal life lists, national lists, 
state lists, yard lists and so on and so forth ....  I have noticed that quite 
a few Victorian birders have species such as Graylag Goose on their Vic list 
posted on Eremaea (for example) from places such as Corowa Sewage Ponds and The 
Keys Wetlands in Keysborough and, coupled with other such events as almost 
driving into 3 Helmeted Guineafowl along Gherang Road (south of Cape Otway Rd) 
the other morning, recording Muscovy Duck at Castlemaine Botanic Gardens last 
month, Barbary Dove when I used to live in Newport, the list goes on ....  I 
pose the question of where does it end in terms of officially accepted species. 
Are there any "tickable" Peafowl, Wild Turkey, Chukar, California Quail, 
Mandarin Duck (alright getting a bit ridiculous now), but where
  and who (in Victoria, in Australia) draws the line in terms of official 
records, that is to say those records that will be accepted by BARC, will be 
recorded in the Breeding Bird Atlas, accepted on a Twitchathon event, for 
example as part of the Victorian or NSW Twitchathon Official Species List 
(Mallard is on this list but not Graylag Goose or Muscovy)  .... so, a lesson 
on how to turn a quick question into a debate, but rather than open up a topic 
that would have been debated at length at various times I'm sure, is there an 
official document which states what can be officially counted and what is then 
left up to the individual to add to his or her day, year, life list at their 
own discretion along with heard only species and other categories that people 
might add (or not) to their various lists.
Thanks for your advice.  Please reply off-line (e-mail below) as my intention 
is certainly not to open this up for debate. 


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