[Tweeters] Feral vs. Wild Rock Pigeons
rjm284 at gmail.com
Sat Feb 19 18:56:19 PST 2022
This link on eBird explains the Rock Pigeon situation:
To briefly summarize, all Rock Pigeons in North America should be reported
using the “Feral Pigeon” option.
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> From: Carol Riddell <cariddellwa at gmail.com>
> Date: Sat, Feb 19, 2022 at 18:47
> Subject: [Tweeters] Feral vs. Wild Rock Pigeons
> To: Tweeters <Tweeters at u.washington.edu>
> Dennis Paulson raised a great question about why some pigeon sightings
> turn up as rare birds in eBird. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) is the listing
> on the basic checklist. If you want to report a wild type, you have to add
> a species to the checklist and select Rock Pigeon (wild type). That is
> considered a rare bird. But how are we to determine what is a feral pigeon
> and what is a wild type Rock Pigeon? There is no guidance in eBird that I
> can find. When should we consider using the wild type category and what
> evidence of a rare pigeon sighting would eBird reviewers want to consider
> when deciding whether to include the report in the public data?
> I think knowing this would be as useful to birders who do not use eBird as
> it would be to eBirders. We all want to improve our birding skills and
> learn how to distinguish things in the field. Any answers from any local
> eBird reviewer who might feel so inclined? Thanks.
> Carol Riddell
> Edmonds, WA
> Tweeters mailing list
> Tweeters at u.washington.edu
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