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Can you help me ID these birds?

Postby waterfowler82 » Sat Oct 22, 2005 5:11 pm

I was just out taking some pics of a prospective duck hunting area and, being mainly a puddle-duck guy, I couldn't tell what these birds are. They dove like divers, but are they ducks or are they just some duck look-alikes, like coots or mergansers or something?

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Postby ISHOOTDIVERS » Sat Oct 22, 2005 5:15 pm

a grebe perhaps
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Postby waterfowler82 » Sat Oct 22, 2005 5:24 pm

It does look a bit like a grebe, though the bill seems like it could be a little on the short side...

I don't take it that grebes are really the eatin' type of birds?
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Postby Cobra » Sat Oct 22, 2005 5:35 pm

Looks a lot like a Pied-Billed Grebe.
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Postby Smackaduck » Sat Oct 22, 2005 7:27 pm

Grebe for sure
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Postby waterfowler82 » Sat Oct 22, 2005 7:55 pm

Is it legal to shoot grebes (I'm in NM and it doesn't say anything about them in the regs)? Would I even want to? Are they edible?
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Postby Smackaduck » Sat Oct 22, 2005 7:58 pm

I dont know if they are edible. But I have always been told they are federally protected. Propably as edible as a merganser. :tounge:
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Postby Cobra » Sun Oct 23, 2005 10:35 am

Have been told that they are a federally protected non-game migratory species with a 'HEFTY' fine attached. Fun to watch and have carved a pair that we use near our spread since there are a lot of them around my area. Just a bit of a confidence decoy and sets the rig apart from others. Ain't nothing but something to do during the off season.
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Postby duckindude » Sun Oct 23, 2005 5:16 pm

looks like some coots
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Postby MN duckman » Mon Oct 24, 2005 11:50 am

I am sure they are western grebes,
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Postby terryg » Thu Oct 27, 2005 3:46 pm

pie billed grebe

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Postby texan68 » Thu Oct 27, 2005 11:08 pm

I would say Eared Grebe
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Postby terryg » Fri Oct 28, 2005 8:50 am

texan68 wrote:I would say Eared Grebe


upon closer inspection i believe you are right! :thumbsup:
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