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Discussion in 'California Flyway Forum' started by mark seaters, Mar 17, 2021.
1 gw teal/hen
And 4 walleye and two sturgeon....lol
I did some math. 23 mallards.
Then honks..speck, tule, snow, gad. Total of 40.
funny you ask. I just dug into my band file, and found interesting things....
about 75 in total...
blue wing teal
also a woodcock
canada geese with neck bands
a double banded drake mallard, the second band was green, $100 reward
a treasured "Jack Miner band", with religious scripture "Fear God and Give Him Glory" - banded just 12 days prior
a canada goose banded the exact day and place that I helped DNR band 320 geese
got 2 bands in one day three times - once a hen mallard and a canada goose.
once two canadas the same day, both banded in the same place by the same guy, but banded 6 years apart
got 3 in 7 days twice, 3 in 3 days once
got 6 bands in one season and 23 in 7 years - later went 15 years with only one band
all shot in MI, banding locations were - MN, PA, WI, MI, MD, NC, NY, TN
also Ontario, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Kasechewan, an Indian Reservation on Hudson Bay
but the most interesting one -
crossing the ice in the channel and walking 1.5 miles down the dike to the cornfields, I noticed a carcass. not much left, but the legs were there, black, with a band on one leg. I sent the info in. then I got a call from the USFWS, asking me about the goose band I had turned in, very curious about when and where I shot it.... I explained that I didn't shoot it, took it off a carcass, as I had noted when I sent the band in. only then did she tell me that it was from a double breasted cormorant![/QUOTE]
Mourning dove, mallard, pintail, green wing teal, Ross’ goose, racing pigeon found dead in my yard, pheasant. Sexing geese is done by pressing down around the cloaca; with males, the equivalent of a penis comes out.
White Pelican- Found dead on the Delta, banded 21 years earlier in Nevada. Had to acid etch the band in order to read the numbers.
A couple of years ago, I was in a blind just north of Behring ranch. Super foggy morning. Could occasionally make out a silhouette but no way to ID bird. Then, first "duck" flies in. Bam, banded hen pintail wearing a backpack! A while later next "duck" flies in. Banded drake greenhead. Then, a flight of snows lost in the fog come right over. Bang, banded snow! Only birds I shot all day.
Then, next shoot day (a Wednesday) at a nearby NVR, I dropped a big snow that sailed into a neighboring pond. Upon retrieving it, I noticed it too was banded!
So that was 4 bands in 2 hunts 2 days apart!
Re: the transmitter bird, it had a phone number on the device. So I called the guy from the blind and apologized for shooting his pet...he later sent me a map showing the path of the bird since it's acquisition of the backpack. It buzzed around Suisun for a couple of weeks then made a single track up the east side of the valley, curved around the east and north sides of the Sutter Buttes until it got shot a little north of the sink.
Bunch of woodies, mallards and a honker.
Memorable ones... “Bling with Ding” where fuge member sweatliner saw the band on the mallard and called in and the very first duck/woodie retrieved on the very first hunt by my late Jade.
Weirdest band is a “Elks Pheasant” band on a woodie.