I shot my first banded bird the day before seasons end. It was a ring-neck hen. I called the number in and got the certificate back today. My imagination ran rampant with a long history of the birds life or something unusual.....but....... Turns out the bird was banded 08/14/2004 by Pryor sp from Admonton ab canada? I harvested the bird at lake Arrowhead Tx. Age of bird....certificate says it was too young to fly when banded in 2004. The weird thing is, it wasn't a ringneck, it was a redhead. HUH! Stumped me. I have a great species identification book I carry with me to learn the new species of areas I move to often, and when I first shot one in the first few days of season I swore that it was a redhead, but kinda small, but later reading and pics, I concluded that it was a ringneck hen. I haven't seen a red-head drake all season up here, but this particular bird was flying with ring-necks and now looking at the difference, they are very similiar with the white rings on the eyes, a blueish bill with a dark patch across it....hm.......had it pegged for a ringneck hen, in fact.....guess it was a red-head? Any of you guys have a hard time telling the difference in unfamiliar species even when in the hand?