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20 hours ago, Seanbirds said:

Do they count in the RGV of Texas? Don't think so but just thought I'd ask.

Sorry not familiar with Texas. My suggestion is plug it into ebird and see what happens. If you get an Established Feral option and you know for sure it was not a captive or pet duck, count it.

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1 hour ago, Seanbirds said:

So go into edit species. Type in Muscovy Duck and if it pulls up Established Feral and Domestic Type click on Established Feral. If it doesn't give you the the Established Feral option then they are not established in that area and should not be counted on your life list.

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1 hour ago, Clip said:

So go into edit species. Type in Muscovy Duck and if it pulls up Established Feral and Domestic Type click on Established Feral. If it doesn't give you the the Established Feral option then they are not established in that area and should not be counted on your life list.

Nope, not countable. 😢

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On 12/15/2021 at 11:57 AM, Seanbirds said:

Not talking about the truly wild ones around Falcon Dam in the western RGV.

I saw lots of domestic ferals in the Brownsville area (Cameron County). Do those count?

Yes, only Muscovies right along the River count in TX, with a only a few locations proving reliable. May not be as exciting, but the FL birds are much easier to find. 

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39 minutes ago, IKLland said:

Here’s a question, how do you know whether to report as established feral or as domestic type? How do you know if it’s domestic? 

I'm =guessing= 'Established Feral' applies to birds of the base species that are breeding in an introduced range.  'Domestic' applies to hybrids, cross-breeds, and other birds that show traits not found in 'true' birds.

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18 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

I'm =guessing= 'Established Feral' applies to birds of the base species that are breeding in an introduced range.  'Domestic' applies to hybrids, cross-breeds, and other birds that show traits not found in 'true' birds.

So how would this be reported? 
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19 hours ago, IKLland said:

Here’s a question, how do you know whether to report as established feral or as domestic type? How do you know if it’s domestic? 

This is a question that is above my pay grade. Perhaps @Liamwould have a good answer. I have my way of doing things but it may not be the proper way. It would be good to hear from someone like Liam.

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12 minutes ago, IKLland said:

Thanks. I see a lot of photos on eBird of feral birds that look like mine, but most of the domestics are mostly whitish. Weird. 

Muscovy Ducks do have several variations. If memory serves @Liam knows a lot of ducks including domestics too.

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22 hours ago, IKLland said:

Here’s a question, how do you know whether to report as established feral or as domestic type? How do you know if it’s domestic? 

Here's a quick flowchart for submitting Muscovy Ducks in eBird? 

                                                                            Are you in Florida?

Yes....                                                                                                                   No...

Established Feral (unless it's clearly a zoo or farm bird).                                Are you in S. Texas directly in the vicinity of the Rio Grande River?

                                                                                                                            Yes...                                                                                                                 No...

                                                                                                                            Muscovy Duck (if phenotypically correct and in correct habitat)                (domestic type)

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1 hour ago, Liam said:

Here's a quick flowchart for submitting Muscovy Ducks in eBird? 

                                                                            Are you in Florida?

Yes....                                                                                                                   No...

Established Feral (unless it's clearly a zoo or farm bird).                                Are you in S. Texas directly in the vicinity of the Rio Grande River?

                                                                                                                            Yes...                                                                                                                 No...

                                                                                                                            Muscovy Duck (if phenotypically correct and in correct habitat)                (domestic type)

Thanks. I’m a bit confused for Florida, if it’s in Florida, is it ALWAYS established feral unless it’s a zoo bird? 

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