A "Wazzit" diver...

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A "Wazzit" diver...

Postby xtrema2shooter » Sat Nov 05, 2011 4:01 pm

Opening day of our late season, and we had a great day. We shot one bird that we aren't quite sure what it is... I have a suspicion, but I'd like to hear your thoughts...

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Breast and underside of wing
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Huge feet... this is compared to a Canada.

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Re: A "Wazzit" diver...

Postby QH's Paw » Sat Nov 05, 2011 4:27 pm

It's not a diver, it's a seaduck.
I'd call it White wing Scoter but, I'm not that good with the hen IDs.
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Re: A "Wazzit" diver...

Postby mriggle » Sat Nov 05, 2011 4:30 pm

it looks like a hen white winged scoter to me
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Re: A "Wazzit" diver...

Postby xtrema2shooter » Sat Nov 05, 2011 4:42 pm

REALLY? We're a long way from the ocean... the closest salt water is about 180 miles from where this duck was shot today.

Also spooked a raft of at least 500 Ringnecks with the boat on our way to our blind (about 90 minutes before legal shooting time). They were pretty uncommon here just a few years ago, but we've been seening some for the last few years. This was by far the largest group we've seen.
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A "Wazzit" diver...

Postby DeadEye_Dan » Sat Nov 05, 2011 5:44 pm

WW scoter.

Blacks & Surfs don't have any white on the wings.

You seem surprised at the ID, what did you think it was??
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Re: A "Wazzit" diver...

Postby xtrema2shooter » Sat Nov 05, 2011 6:58 pm

Never seen any sea ducks before... that was the reason for my surprise.

The guys I was with were convinced it was either a Canvasback hen with slightly odd markings, or a hybrid of some sort.
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Re: A "Wazzit" diver...

Postby BigBlondeBirdDog » Sat Nov 05, 2011 9:09 pm

I'm on the band wagon here ... WW
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Re: A "Wazzit" diver...

Postby Bull Can » Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:12 pm

xtrema2shooter wrote:REALLY? We're a long way from the ocean... the closest salt water is about 180 miles from where this duck was shot today.

Also spooked a raft of at least 500 Ringnecks with the boat on our way to our blind (about 90 minutes before legal shooting time). They were pretty uncommon here just a few years ago, but we've been seening some for the last few years. This was by far the largest group we've seen.


New York isn't very far from the sea. We got an occasional scoter on Lake of the Woods in MN. Now that's far.
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Re: A "Wazzit" diver...

Postby BBK » Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:36 am

Yup, that's exactly what it is. I shot one about 5 years ago here in Iowa on the mississippi river. It was confirmed by a DNR conservation officer and a wildlife biologist. Dropped it off at the taxidermist to be mounted and he lost it. go figure

The way it was explained to me was that somewhere down the line in the wintering grounds in the gulf it got in with a bunch of divers and migrated up north during the spring. Then come fall it worked its way down the river and made the mistake of flying into my spread (was a loner)
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Re: A "Wazzit" diver...

Postby BBK » Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:37 am

xtrema2shooter wrote:Never seen any sea ducks before... that was the reason for my surprise.

The guys I was with were convinced it was either a Canvasback hen with slightly odd markings, or a hybrid of some sort.



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Re: A "Wazzit" diver...

Postby g_maxson » Mon Nov 07, 2011 3:51 pm

Hmm, with all the trade mark hen canvasback markings like white wing patches, white patch on the head, dark brown body and orange feet, I'd have also thought hen canvasback :umm:

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In all seriousness if you don't shoot a lot, I can see how you might not know what it is, but do find the hen can ID a bit funny :)

DU has a duck ID app for phones now, that you can load.
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Re: A "Wazzit" diver...

Postby lowlandbill » Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:38 pm

Hen White Wing Scoter :thumbsup:
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Re: A "Wazzit" diver...

Postby takem4391 » Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:07 am

Ww scoter we shoot those on lake erie in the western basin.
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Re: A "Wazzit" diver...

Postby waterfowl1030 » Sun Nov 13, 2011 6:11 pm

Haha a few years ago i was hunting on back lake here in michigan that is known for woodies and a duck flew into my goose decoys i shot it and when i picked it up i had no idea what it was. It ended up being a hen surf scoter. I have since seen them on lake mchigan but it just goes to show you, you can really shoot anything anywhere
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Re: A "Wazzit" diver...

Postby ARduckboy24 » Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:49 pm

W've killed scoter in central arkansas before so it does'nt suprise me.CONGRATS ON THE KILL THOUGH.
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Re: A "Wazzit" diver...

Postby cfkid8 » Mon Dec 19, 2011 8:56 am

we actually shoot quite a few sea ducks here in western ny on lake ontario. not sure where exactly you were at but the white wings are becoming more common around here especially late season. we shoot plenty of oldsquaw here too.
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Re: A "Wazzit" diver...

Postby Ghillie_55 » Wed Dec 21, 2011 3:12 pm

Ill agree with the Scoter. I shot one in SE MI on lake Erie this year. Definetly a different duck!
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Re: A "Wazzit" diver...

Postby loon » Sat Jul 28, 2012 4:52 pm

So far I have shot all 3 kinds of scoters on green bay including a immature drake surf last year and a few oldsquaws
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Re: A "Wazzit" diver...

Postby hankrt » Sun Jul 29, 2012 7:31 am

We shoot Scoters on the Great Lakes pretty often now, 10 years ago you didn't see them. As a matter of fact, sea ducks on the Great Lakes are what we primarily shoot in the late season now. I also recall a guy in Arizona that picked up an Old Squaw! Got to love those sea ducks!!
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