I agree, it is important to track these birds. Especially as it seems they have 
adapted quite well and are spreading. Perhaps, we will see them expand like the 
Monk Parakeets.

I had an encounter with the said species this year at Bush Terminal Piers Park, 
in October. A total of 4 birds with no bands and they acted like true migrant 
birds on the move.

Since we are on the topic of scientific uses of our field efforts. I would like 
to see the eBird "think tank" devise a way to track feral cat populations at 
hotspots. We might find that data to be useful in helping understand the 
decline in numbers of birds and other wildlife at these sites and could be used 
down the road in getting colonies removed.

I have been doing just that for many of my sites I tend to cover. But that, is 
another conversation for another time. Carry on then.

"I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of 
others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence." ~ Frederick 

風 Swift as the wind
林 Quiet as the forest
火 Conquer like the fire
山 Steady as the mountain
Sun Tzu  The Art of War

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Andrew Baksh

> On Dec 19, 2017, at 1:50 PM, Angus Wilson <oceanwander...@gmail.com> wrote:
> For European Goldfinch I suspect 'domesticated' isn't an option. Same for 
> other known or presumed escapes or deliberate releases that occur with 
> regularity in NYS (e.g. Chukar and various non-domesticated waterfowl). 
> Personally, I think tracking these potential colonizers is important and 
> interesting. Simply invalidating them or discouraging reporting isn't a good 
> solution. Issues with list purity can be a separate conversation, decoupled 
> from the scientific uses of this information.
> Angus Wilson
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