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Bob's concern for counting in accordance with ABA rules is of concern  
to anyone who has lists published in ABA's annual listings.  To keep  
the "playing field level," all therein abide by the same rules.   
True, they may not be set in stone, but we follow them as best we can  
as a matter of honor and order.

Anyone is free to put any bird on any list he/she pleases, but if a  
birder wishes to appear in ABA lists, said birder signs the report  
form statement, "I affirm that in arriving at the totals reported on  
this form, I have complied with all of the rules listed on the  
reverse and with the ABA Code of Birding Ethics."

As I understand the rules:

1.  Yup, Bob, gets to keep the condor because he saw them BEFORE the  
last one was taken into captivity.  And no, anyone who has seen one  
outside captivity since then cannot count them (even the one that had  
been wild, was in captivity then released [since died]).  That bird  
is uncountable after the capture/release because it was human-assisted.

2.  The Crested Myna (one I've lost off my list) is by the rules  
expunged from the list because it was an exotic that has been  
extirpated. The reasoning being that apparently, like the European  
Goldfinch, it was not really established (even though it hung on for  
a century!).  [A bit of murky thinking, it could be argued,  
especially since the demise of the Vancouver population is directly  
related to the appearance of another exotic, the European Starling.]

3.  As to Bachman's Warbler, Bob heard it the last year it was an  
accepted species; therefore, as the rule stands, he may count it if  
he feels comfortable listing a heard bird--something he has  
resisted.  If he counts the Bachman's Warbler he may also count the  
Flammulated  Owl, but may choose not to, hoping to see it before  
putting it on the list.


Good birding,

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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On Dec 5, 2006, at 8:00 PM, Robert Fisher wrote:

> My life list appears to be shrinking fast. The latest issue of  
> birding has not only delisted Yellow-chevroned Parakeet. It also  
> delists (or clarifies the delisting of) "Code 6." birds. A Code 6  
> bird is one believed to be extinct.
>
> Unfortunately, (perhaps fortunately for me) the paragraph on Code 6  
> in the current issue of Birding remains somewhat unclear. It  
> mentions that the Committee will establish the dates when a species  
> acquired Code 6 status, but it does not say why it does that. Thus,  
> Bachman's Warbler acquired Code 6 status as of 1962, when the last  
> confirmed record of Bachman's Warbler occurred at Moore's Landing,  
> S.C.  California Condor acquired Code 6 status when the last wild  
> Condor was trapped. It is possible, but unclear, that the Committee  
> is noting the dates when birds acquired Code 6 status so that  
> birders who listed them before then can keep them on their lists.
>
> I saw several California Condors south of Bakersfield,  California  
> in 1966, well before the last bird was trapped. Likewise, I saw a  
> couple of Crested Minas in Vancouver, B.C. in 1997, before that  
> population died out. Must I take California Condor and Crested Mina  
> off my list along with Yellow-chevroned Parakeet? Or do I get to  
> keep them because I saw mine before they  officially became extinct?
>
> The question has special importance for me because I was at 699,  
> hoping join the 700 club (nothing to do with Pat Robertson!) some  
> day. Deleting Yellow-chevroned Parakeet puts me back to 698, unless  
> I use a loophole, which I understand is entirely legitimate under  
> ABA rules. Hitherto, I have included on my lift list only ABA  
> countable species that I have seen within the ABA area. But ABA  
> also allows me to count species I have heard but not seen, and I  
> have been holding two of them in reserve. They are: Flammulated  
> Owl, which I have heard several times in Arizona but never seen,  
> and that last Bachman's Warbler at Moore's Landing in 1962. (For my  
> story about hearing the Bachman's Warbler, see "The Miss of a  
> Lifetime" on the ASM website at http://mobirds.org/Articles/Miss% 
> 20of%20a%20Lifetime.asp). If I hurry up and count Flammulated Owl  
> and Bachman's Warbler before ABA takes even more birds away, maybe  
> I can join the 700 club, however temporarily. Or can I? If I  must  
> take away California Condor and  Crested Mina, I'm back to 696, and  
> Flammulated Owl and Bachman's Warbler will only get me to 698.  
> Unless my health improves to the point where I can take a trip to  
> Gamble on St. Lawrence Island (the only place where I could  
> reasonably expect to add several species  -- e.g. Arctic Loon,  
> Emperor Goose, McKay's Bunting, White Wagtail, Eurasian shorebirds,  
> etc.), the 700 club may now be permanently out of reach!
>
> I would appreciate a legal opinion. Must I delist California Condor  
> and Crested Mina and refrain from using Bachman's Warbler?
>
> (Of course, I know that it's my list. I can do anything I want with  
> it, etc.  But that would mean living outside the Rule of Law,  
> wouldn't it?)
>
> Thanks.
>
> Bob Fisher
> Independence, Missouri
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