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Duck id question

Postby Simple » Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:02 pm

Went out hunting this morning to a little honey hole of open water we found out scouting the other day. Saw A ton of lawn darts flying around and this other duck that we have no clue as to what it might be. It was a little bigger then a teal but equally as fast and adgile as a teal but it was almost all black with a dark bill as well. It never made a sound when flying alone or in flocks. We had one backdoor us into the decoys and man it was all over flying side to side and then barrel rolled in touched the water and then was gone again. Got three shots off and all were behind it. I googled it and all i could come up with was a TUFTED duck? Anyone ever seen one before. Or can give me a better idea as to what they are?
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Duck id question

Postby hamernhonkers » Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:05 pm

Was it a hooded merg? Google a pic of them and see if that was maybe one?

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Re: Duck id question

Postby Simple » Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:13 pm

No they didnt have any white on their heads. In all honesty it was hard to get a good look they were fast.
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Re: Duck id question

Postby Pumpgunner » Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:14 pm

Based on the way you were saying it flew I'd guess it isn't a duck but maybe a smaller shorebird, like a rail or curlew. I was going to guess hooded merg but they generally fly like any other duck, and are seldom in big flocks. As I understand it we're way outside the normal range of a tufted duck. Maybe next time you can get a picture?
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Re: Duck id question

Postby Simple » Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:30 pm

Yeah they flew in singles and in groups of about ten. I am going to try and get a picture next time for sure. The hooded merg length is way to long for what these were like i said maybe a little bigger then a teal. A picture will be my next objective.
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Re: Duck id question

Postby killwoodies101 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:50 pm

sounds like a coot maybe ... I had one fly today like a normal duck it got up circled around in the sky and came right back
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Re: Duck id question

Postby duckslayer74 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:32 pm

killwoodies101 wrote:sounds like a coot maybe ... I had one fly today like a normal duck it got up circled around in the sky and came right back


Did you not read the OP's post? Fast and agile like a Teal and almost black with a dark bill. Coots are niether fast or agile, yes they are black but they don't have a dark bill. :no:

It sounds like the OP may have seen a Scaup (Bluebill).
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Re: Duck id question

Postby cootlover » Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:44 pm

Simple tell you what take me and I will tell what kind of bird it is :lol3:
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Re: Duck id question

Postby killwoodies101 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:47 pm

sorry I'm stupid
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Re: Duck id question

Postby highrisetackle » Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:48 am

Sounds like a ruddy
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Re: Duck id question

Postby Simple » Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:15 am

duckslayer74"It sounds like the OP may have seen a Scaup (Bluebill).[/quote]

[quote="highrisetackle wrote:
Sounds like a ruddy


I never really thought about a bluebill, are they common to utah?
Doesnt ruddy ducks have that bright blue bill though?

cootlover wrote:Simple tell you what take me and I will tell what kind of bird it is :lol3:


Cootlover lets go. I want to go back out again this week sometime for an evening hunt let me know your schedual im always down to hunt with someone new.
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Re: Duck id question

Postby duckslayer74 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:45 am

Yeah Bluebills are pretty common, there has been alot of them around this year. Rudy ducks also have a blue bill, but they don't get good plumage till after our season is over.
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Re: Duck id question

Postby All Ducked Up » Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:42 am

killwoodies101 wrote:sorry I'm stupid



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Re: Duck id question

Postby Locked&Loaded » Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:55 am

duckslayer74 wrote:It sounds like the OP may have seen a Scaup (Bluebill).


I agree.
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