Hi Philip and others following this stream of conversation,
Strangely this species is posted on Eremaea Birds as Graylag, which is new to
me as a Canadian and British citizen (now also Australian). So, going back to
my first post re Graylag,it was merely an attempt to be culturally sensitive to
the "local" spelling - happy to go back to Greylag.
I have since seen that Graylag does not appear on the IOC listing for Australia
(as with BUBO listing) and does not appear on the C&B Checklist that was being
circulated around birding-aus as a useful resource. And yes, I will be
steering clear of any emotionally vacuous attempts to include free-roaming
domestics. There are plenty of other wonderful Australian native species to
spend time observing (and ticking).
> Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:50:44 +1100
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Graylag Goose - status in Victoria amongst other
> "tickable ferals"
> 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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