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Postby bkmaine » Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:28 pm

I was in Denmark on Saturday morning and ran across 4 birds that I'd never seen before, this is only my second season duck hunting. I paddled up within 20 yards after watching them from the shore for about an hour. I didn't shoot because I wasn't sure exactly what they were. After doing some more research, I'm almost 100% that they were Buffleheads, one drake and three hens. Are these common to see in Maine?
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Re: Buffleheads...

Postby R-Factor » Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:57 pm

bkmaine wrote: Are these common to see in Maine?


They are- and beautiful birds those drakes are! I see a lot of them each year in Nov. and Dec. at a spot I hunt on the Washington County coastline. They seem to like sheltered bays/tributaries and will often come in to Black or Mallard decoys just fine. I enjoy them for table fare as well and find them comparable to Ringnecks and Goldeneyes that way.
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Re: Buffleheads...

Postby R-Factor » Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:09 pm

I took these two drakes one brisk morning in December of 2010. Did the drake you saw look like the bird on the left pictured below? If so, it was a drake bufflehead!

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Re: Buffleheads...

Postby bkmaine » Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:16 pm

Yeah he looked like the one on the left, a bit more white. Plus the three hens were definitely buffleheads. They stayed very close together, had I been out there to shoot I might have covered all 4 with the pattern of my shotgun. They got up eventually when I got real close and landed with a group of woodies and then took off with them too.
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Re: Buffleheads...

Postby papageno » Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:26 pm

The dark ones could also be immature males.
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Re: Buffleheads...

Postby decoycarver » Tue Nov 06, 2012 2:48 pm

Diving ducks have to run on the water before taking flight..puddlers spring into the air..
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Re: Buffleheads...

Postby BMowatt » Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:05 pm

Shot a bunch behind the house in S Lincoln on the river
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Re: Buffleheads...

Postby daffy... » Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:57 am

lots here in the bay and in harpswell. they are a hard target to hit. fast flying little footballs. usually fly low so you can see where your patterns are hitting on the water just behind them
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