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Need help IDing a duck

Postby Cupped-n-Committed » Sun Aug 07, 2005 10:19 am

I went out for a bike ride up and down the potomac today with my daughter scouting. We saw four duck, at least I think they were ducks but they seems to have heads more like a loon. The head on the one was black with a long beak and the feathers on the back of the head looked longer and started to brown only on the back were they got longer. The body was black with white patches but no spekles like a loon, unless it was some other type. It also might have has a red eye but I was not sure. Three other ducks were with this one and they were more brownish with out the coloration. The might have been females or yound ones.

Here what migth make the ID perfect. They just about got up and ran on the water through rapids to get away from us instead of flying?
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Postby Ducksbeus » Sun Aug 07, 2005 10:31 am

Cormarant?
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Postby kms399 » Sun Aug 07, 2005 11:08 am

grebe?
another one bites the dust
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Postby Pete-pec » Sun Aug 07, 2005 11:10 am

100% confident Red Breasted Merganser or Common Merganser. Not a duck! (Sawbill fish and snail eating flying carp!) Very common out east.
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Postby hm_palmer » Sun Aug 07, 2005 12:37 pm

Yeah thats what I was thinking either a cormorant or a merganser.
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Postby vah2ofowler22 » Sun Aug 07, 2005 12:51 pm

Cormarant. They are a pain in the butt. When they fly they look alot like a goose. Have heard stories of guys unloading on them, in the ol'days thinking they shot a limit of geese.
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Postby Mallyard » Sun Aug 07, 2005 4:12 pm

I'm thinking it is a merganser... I've shot a few on accident before right when it was shooting time. They sure are pretty..

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Postby Quackcephus » Sun Aug 07, 2005 9:48 pm

Sounds like a Merganser to me too. :yes:
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Postby mallardman77 » Sun Aug 07, 2005 9:50 pm

It sounds like a red breasted merganser to me

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Postby Cupped-n-Committed » Mon Aug 08, 2005 3:26 am

Yep, Its a Red Breaster Merganser. I have never seen them on the river before while fishing and this will be my first year hunting it. The kind of sound like a cross between a duck and a frog with this kind of croak.
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Postby wa.duckhunter » Mon Aug 08, 2005 8:11 am

Merganser came to my mind as I read the discription. They are very easily confused as a duck when they are in flight. I dumped one last year when it was coming up the river right at me. When I seen it hit the water I was very embarrassed.
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Postby Pete-pec » Tue Aug 09, 2005 7:56 am

Don't be embarassed wa.duckhunter, I have a group of taxidermists through out the world that collect ducks, geese, shore birds, songbirds, and upland fowl. I would say that the Redbreasted merganser (in full plumage) easily sits in the "top 10" as the most sought after collectable. Right behind the Bald Eagle! :toofunny:
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Postby Merganser » Wed Aug 10, 2005 11:12 am

MERGANSER (or as we call'em: Pencil beaks)
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