Date: 1/4/21 7:47 am
From: \Shultz, Steven\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: RE: Deflated, but makes since and very glad to know th...
I found the link to the ABA listing article interesting, thanks for posting that!

I discovered an additional ABA species I did not know I had… gallus gallus. Apparently they are “countable” in Key West.

Now whether I can bring myself to add a chicken to my life list…. I felt like I was cheating to add Nanday Parakeet from Florida a few months ago, so chickens really push my sense of boundaries.

With the controversial additional of Hawaii to the ABA area, and a number of birders accordingly comparing only Lower 48 or Continental lists to keep the playing field even, I wonder how many folks restrict their listing to natural + very widely established invasive (i.e. starling, pigeon, collared-dove, House Sparrow)?

Steve Shultz
Apex NC

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Thanks Mike and Kent
I have been wondering where our Buncombe County, NC Egyptian Geese have been coming from and I doubt very much if there's a local wildfowl park from where they keep escaping. Our local population varies a little, but there are 4-6 birds around Lake Julian Park and at other localities in the county. Birds have paired off, but no evidence of nesting has been recorded.......yet!
As to where these birds are coming from; I doubt South Florida. I have discovered there are lots of reports on eBird from Sparta in Central Georgia. I believe there is a turf farm (not open for visitors) where there have been over 20 birds reported on multiple occasions since 2017. It's only 165 miles (as the goose flies) from Sparta to Asheville, so it's not unreasonable to believe our birds originate from this GA population. It would certainly be easier to find out this information if all of the reports were in eBird from Georgia to the Carolinas. It's probably only a matter of time before they are widespread throughout the southeast. I doubt if they would have any problem with the weather here in the winter as they are now common and widespread in most of western Europe.
I for one enjoy seeing them as they're an attractive addition to our local avifauna.

Simon RB Thompson

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On Mon, Jan 4, 2021 at 6:41 AM mresch8702 <carolinabirds...><mailto:<carolinabirds...>> wrote:
Per the latest ABA update on the countability of exotics, ABA now recognizes 3 established populations of Egyptian Geese as "countable" per their rules. These locations are the Los Angeles region, central TX, and FL (principally south FL). Here's a link to their most recent update -;!!OToaGQ!767yqSzlGZms0ujliCtgtBmB7kIFX1UReRXsMP4ELhb3XzhvcjTGMamhhaDbwXHN3cQ$ <;!!OToaGQ!7tbIpUDiAZAG2KJl0jaiK9yStKz0QFQcWf27-RS_1FcRyCcGLhPxQHo-YaqYoKdDmyI$>

They stress in that article - "Your life list is your own, of course, but the current RSEC position is that birds from any of the populations listed below may be counted by birders wishing to do so if seen during or after the year provided."

Mike Resch
Hendersonville, NC
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From: Wayne Hoffman <carolinabirds...><mailto:<carolinabirds...>>
To: kent fiala <kent.fiala...><mailto:<kent.fiala...>>
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Sent: Sun, Jan 3, 2021 8:02 pm
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Hi -

I believe Egyptian Geese are included on the ABA Checklist as established exotics because of a fairly large breeding population in Texas, and maybe in Florida as well. I saw them in multiple locations near San Antonio in 2018. I do not know whether ABA accepts records from other states. But clearly, this is a species with the potential to establish breeding populations in this country.

Many years ago a drive-thru "Safari" zoo in Oregon had a substantial population and did not pinion all the young. some flew out and began nesting on gravel bars in the nearby Umpqua River. It is my understanding that state game biologists concluded they were unwelcome exotics and eliminated all the free-living ones. In any case, this demonstrates they are capable of surviving winters at least as sever as NC winters, so these geese deserve monitoring to see if they spread and increa se in numbers.

Wayne Hoffman

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From: "carolinabirds" <carolinabirds...><mailto:<carolinabirds...>>
To: "carolinabirds" <carolinabirds...><mailto:<carolinabirds...>>
Sent: Sunday, January 3, 2021 5:19:34 PM
Subject: Re: Deflated, but makes since and very glad to know th...

Egyptian Goose is eBirded almost every day, and has been for years, as those of use who have statewide eBird needs alerts know all too well.

Kent Fiala

On 1/3/2021 5:14 PM, Gary Harbour (via carolinabirds Mailing List) wrote:
> Alan, No problem. I recorded them myself the first time I saw them. There w as also a White Cheeked Pintail for a long time. I think someone near by must raise exotics.
>> On Jan 3, 2021, at 4:33 PM, <8287789273...><mailto:<8287789273...> wrote:
>> Deflated, but makes since and very glad to know this... thanks for sharing! Didn't see Eared Grebe which was seen there also...

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