Red Dog- Did you take your Shoveler at the very beginning of the season? I've seen Shovelers on a number of occasions here in Maine, but always prior to the opener. As for the Scoter...I can easily believe that one. There's a watershed that I've seen both Eider and Scoter in that's approximately 130 miles as the crow flies to the nearest salt water...funny stuff. The Eider was one or two years ago and the Scoter was this past season. And wow...that does seem insanely late for a Woodrow to be around. We had a hen super late up here this year, but my buddy who had been seeing it around the same spot figured it was injured...makes sense.
733 Sub- Congrats on the banded black from NB! I have two duck bands from NB and one from Quebec, but they were all worn by Mallards- no Blacks from Canada yet for me.
JCraig 12- Old Squaw huh? Who'd have thought Unity would be another sea duck hotspot?
682X- Congrats on the Wigeon! I'm slightly jealous on that one.
I've seen plenty of Wigeon around where I hunt, but again, usually before the opener. As far as fowl landing on roads..what a riot that is...I did that just once and I'll never forget it. I jump shot a marsh years back and zipped a merg when it went overhead. I can still hear the thud when that baby hit the pavement...too funny!
Mountainguy- Congrats on the first Goldeneye...beautiful birds. Ironically, I live right on the Penobscot in Lincoln- an area that used to hold a pile of them decades ago- but I see very few each year now.
I am a redneck- It IS a sweet feeling to grab a bird and find the bling-bling! Very nice!
BKMaine- While I did take a number of them, my Mallard count was way down from the previous two years as well. I found them in my scouting and such,but I just seemed to have a harder time connecting with them for some reason this year...maybe they knew I wasn't there to sit around and have coffee with them?
Like 733, one of my neat experiences from the year was harvesting a goose (on opening day!) that I handled with the rest of the banding crew during the summer of 2010. It didn't register with me until I later got looking back at dates, records, and such that this was one of those big honkers we fitted with jewelry on that hot summer day three years back. All in all, a fabulously fun season.