On EBIRD or Audubon, you can't always count these birds. They are wild. They fly free. So where do they belong? There are categories for birds like the Coopers or Sharp-shinned that can sometimes blur if the bird is far far away and you can't distinguish the various field markings. My issue happened when I found Muscovy ducks in Tucson. They are considered wild domestic waterfowl....and yet they fly free. Muscovy are found in Mexico but when I brought up the topic with birders, I hadn't expected a firestorm of responses. Several counties in Texas and Florida allow you to count them but they are clearly found all over the States. Some birders said, "Count them!" while others said, "Sorry....you can't count them." I found it all fascinating.
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