As much as I like bird watching, I think this issue about "tickable" is
amusing. The word itself implies (to me) that there is a yes or no answer,
which surely has been shown not to be true. Many shades of grey. If talking
about your own list, then why would anyone else care? If you wish to compare
with others, then agree on your terms, which might differ from yet other
people. Is there any consequence of breaking someone else's rules on this?
Although it does seem to me to be a bit emotionally vacuous to include free
roaming domestics and recent dependent ferals, in a count, as though the
number of species seen matters. (especially as it is hard to draw a dividing
What matters is what birds live where and how they do it.
I do advocate that records should be kept, so that we can monitor progress
of problems. That only impacts on personal tick lists if you want it to.
Each survey has its own protocols.
Besides, I thought there is no Graylag Goose. I believe it is Greylag Goose.
No one has made that correction, that I have noticed.
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