I know from experience from birding in Pennsylvania that Barnacle  
Geese are not accepted on the records committee there even if they  
"display" all the aspects of being wild.  I think its more of an  
issue of whether the ABA accepts the fact that Barnacle Geese can  
appear in the North-East.  I have seen about 3-4 Barnacle Geese in PA  
but I don't think that any of the records were accepted.  The recent  
banded specimen collected is an interesting issue and my personal  
opinion is that Barnacle geese are vagrants to this area but it more  
of an issue of the amount of evidence for them to travel here unaided.

Other Birding Notes
Had a TV fly over the Davis Center on the UVM Campus last Wed.
Yesterday in the Fog I had a flock of 50 Snow Geese Fly over U-Heights
Last Sunday I went up to Moose Bog and found lifer White-wing  
Crossbills and Boreal 	
	Chickadees, also had many Pine Siskens and a probable Spruce Grouse  
that we heard 		flush but did not see.  Someone else had 2 Black- 
backed woodpeckers, Evening 			Grosbeak, and Grey Jay.

Thomas Ford-Hutchinson

On Mar 28, 2007, at 8:57 AM, Allan Strong wrote:

> Hi Hector,
> Sounds good to me (please put this in your write up).  My only  
> issue with your logic is whether or not the "default" should be  
> "wild" for species commonly kept in captivity.  I'm not sure the  
> committee has an official stance here.  Perhaps other folks on the  
> committee would like to weigh in.
> Allan
> At 08:30 AM 3/28/2007 -0500, you wrote:
>> Allan,
>> Re the barnacle goose: my personal philosophy about potential  
>> escapes is
>> that, unless a bird is wildly unlikely to be a genuine vagrant,  
>> then it
>> should only be considered of uncertain origin IF it actually bears  
>> some
>> signs of captivity (feather wear, leg bands, unusual behavior,  
>> etc.). If
>> it is not wildly unlikely, its remiges and retrices are not badly  
>> worn,
>> it has been keeping company with other birds that may denote its
>> origins, and its behavior is "natural", then the "default" attitude
>> should be that it is most likely to be wild.
>> The barnie satisfies the last four criteria: no signs of feather  
>> wear or
>> leg bands, associating with a huge flock of canadas (many of them
>> lessers), greater white-fronts, snows, and a cackling goose or  
>> two. Also
>> the barnie, like the rest of the geese in the flock is highly nervous
>> about humans - very difficult to get closer than a few hundred yards.
>> This is one where I would say that a captive origin is unlikely.
>> FYI, Dick Veit wrote an interesting article for Bird Observer  
>> recently
>> about the whole issue of how we should regard potential "escapes". I
>> think that he makes a good deal of sense.
>> Hector Galbraith PhD
>> Galbraith Environmental Sciences LLC
>> 837 Camp Arden Rd., Dummerston, VT05301
>> 802 258 4836 (phone)
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