What is it??

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What is it??

Postby BRCPres » Mon Oct 15, 2012 6:40 pm

A buddy of mine shot this goose this past weekend in WA State. Can anybody ID what type it is?

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Re: What is it??

Postby Bob Caygeon » Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:15 am

I have only shot one in my life, but I would say young Spec. We see very few Specs where I live so I could be wrong.
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Re: What is it??

Postby Rick Hall » Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:41 am

Bob Caygeon wrote:I have only shot one in my life, but I would say young Spec.


You would say right.
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Re: What is it??

Postby War Wagon » Tue Oct 16, 2012 3:59 pm

Yep thats what it is . We only got 25 or 26 of them in our last trip to Canada, VERY Smart Birds....
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Re: What is it??

Postby The Duck Hammer » Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:48 pm

Body looks like a speck. I have never seen one that was that color, realy cool looking goose.
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Indaswamp wrote:easy...just manipulate the ruler to make the inch shorter so that 28" reads 30"..... :thumbsup:

That's how I got a 13" pecker.
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Re: What is it??

Postby Rick Hall » Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:22 am

They're all that color, except the older ones show more white behind their bills and most (but not all) have barred bellies after their first year.
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Re: What is it??

Postby BRCPres » Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:26 am

Consensus seems to be Juvi Spec. I even had a DU Regional Mgr to give his opinion too, and he agrees with you guys. Thanks for the input. Here's one more picture of the same goose that missed the upload. My buddy was thinking of mounting this one as he too thought it was a very cool looking bird. Thanks guys! Hope you all have a great season.

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Re: What is it??

Postby The Duck Hammer » Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:10 pm

I have never seen one without the bars across its belly before.
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jaysweet3 wrote:
Indaswamp wrote:easy...just manipulate the ruler to make the inch shorter so that 28" reads 30"..... :thumbsup:

That's how I got a 13" pecker.
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Re: What is it??

Postby Rick Hall » Thu Oct 18, 2012 4:42 am

Here's an example of an adult speck without bars:
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But the great majority get them after their first year. The white band on the front of their faces, from which they get their official, whitefront, name is said to be a truer indication of age, as it gets bolder over time, while the barring stays much the same throughout the bird's life. (Contrary to the popular notion many of us would like to hold to that the darker the belly the older the bird and greater the trophy.) That coming from a bird nut friend with a permit to raise them.
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Re: What is it??

Postby The Duck Hammer » Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:31 pm

Thanks for the info on specks.
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jaysweet3 wrote:
Indaswamp wrote:easy...just manipulate the ruler to make the inch shorter so that 28" reads 30"..... :thumbsup:

That's how I got a 13" pecker.
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Re: What is it??

Postby adv sask » Sun Oct 21, 2012 4:45 am

I could very well be the only one with this question but why did he shoot the spec without knowing what it was ?
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Re: What is it??

Postby BRCPres » Sun Oct 21, 2012 11:56 am

adv sask wrote:I could very well be the only one with this question but why did he shoot the spec without knowing what it was ?


He knew it was a juvi-goose and it was open season.
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Re: What is it??

Postby aunt betty » Sun Oct 21, 2012 12:39 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_white-fronted_goose Anser Albifrons aka: Specklebelly Goose
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