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duck id help

Postby kwood » Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:47 am

I saw a duck yesterday, central zone, black head, white body, and red bill?
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Re: duck id help

Postby kal9wt » Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:11 am

Sounds like a common merganser to me.
cause you can't starve us out, and you can't make us run
cause we're them old boys raised on shotgun
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Re: duck id help

Postby cambrandt » Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:47 am

Could be a shelduck blown off course by Hurricane Sandy.
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Re: duck id help

Postby kwood » Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:39 am

if it was a common Merganser I would not be asking for ID help, I looked at a Shelduck and thats not what it looked like.

I am sorry I did not have a camera but I did have binoculars and saw clearly it had a black head and neck, white body and red bill.
That really doesn't sound like a Merganser to me.
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Re: duck id help

Postby kwood » Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:45 am

Sorry I meant to add it had the body, bill shape, and size of a Mallard. The bill was definitely not pointed, body was all white except for a hint of black at the tips of the primary feathers
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Re: duck id help

Postby Joser06 » Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:39 pm

It may have been some type of escaped farm duck then.
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Re: duck id help

Postby Jofa » Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:10 pm

ImageSounds like a common eider to me?
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Re: duck id help

Postby duckstopper333 » Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:59 am

Black head, white body, red bill, black primaries:

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There are only a couple black and white "wild" ducks common to our area: Common Merganser, Bufflehead, Goldeneye, Eider, Scaup, Ringneck. Only two of these are Mallard size. The only black and white ducks with red bills I've seen lately have been Common Mergansers. I guess it's possible you saw some kind of "farm duck" or "farm duck hybrid".
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Re: duck id help

Postby kwood » Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:23 am

The only reason I don't think it was a farm duck hybrid is that it was swimming in group of six or seven , all the same? None of the pictures showing look like what I saw. Anyway gentlemen thanks for trying.
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Re: duck id help

Postby Jofa » Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:49 am

Did that bird make quacking noises, or more of a 'brock brock brock' sound ? :lol3:

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Re: duck id help

Postby Baymen Moe » Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:15 pm

:lol:
Sounds like my back yard.
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Re: duck id help

Postby kwood » Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:39 am

Of course, A chicken duck i should have known.

I did go through DU and Audubon's id pics before I posted, so I wouldn't waste peoples time. I new this was going to be difficult. I am not new to ducks, been hunting ME, NH, and MA for many years.
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Re: duck id help

Postby Jofa » Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:27 pm

kwood wrote:Of course, A chicken duck i should have known.

I did go through DU and Audubon's id pics before I posted, so I wouldn't waste peoples time. I new this was going to be difficult. I am not new to ducks, been hunting ME, NH, and MA for many years.


just having fun my man, not questioning your hunting experience or anything else.

Its certainly difficult to id a bird without a photo. i bought this coffee table book a while back for just this same purpose. it has a lot of great pics that you dont see in the regular identification books. i think its intended audience was decoy carvers, but i found it had great images for us hunters trying to id birds as well.

good luck

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