- Nov 22, 2016
Those are Coots. Not Ducks.January 4th (intentionally refrained from previously mentioning all the black ducks...)
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Those are Coots. Not Ducks.
no doubt most of the birds we see imprint and come back every year. we dont get the weather anymore to push the "weather" birds down this far. Ducks are going like the canada goose population. My theory has been for years much like the mallard data is showing out of west tennessee is that we have 2 kinds of birds. One when they move south move to the same area every year and stay there. the second only comes as far south as they have to. the second group rarely gets here anymore. due to warm winters and lack of snow to cover food in the fields.Black ducks are fairly common for us so I forget that it’s not that way across the state. I should have been more clear with the question. The reason for asking was just to see what state/ area they came from. Apparently, USGS stopped publishing the data to the public in 2015.
BUT, if you were killing banded black ducks every year, that would be additional confirmation that these birds are imprinting and returning to the same areas ( as shown in the telemetry) because what are the odds of multiple banded BD in the last decade from the same group of hunters.
I’d love to have “ours” banded in February to see where they go.
All of the ones at Trader Vic’s are banded I heard. Mostly from Detroit.I saw a black duck drinkin a pina colada at trader vicks. His hair was perfect.