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Bands... what kind of birds you got?

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  1. Curt Gibson

    Curt Gibson Senior Refuge Member

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    Oregon (USA)
    I've got
    8 mallards/drakes
    1 gw teal/hen
    1 snow
    1 Canada
    1 whitefront/tule
     
  2. 10ga.crazy

    10ga.crazy Senior Refuge Member

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    Canada
    Mallards
    Blacks
    Greenwing teal
    Bluewing teal
    Woodies
    Ring neck
    Hooded merganser
    Scaup
    Canada Geese
    Snow Geese
    Pigeons
    And 4 walleye and two sturgeon....lol
     
  3. Flyfisher

    Flyfisher Elite Refuge Member

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    Reno Nv
    I did some math. 23 mallards.
    Then honks..speck, tule, snow, gad. Total of 40.
     
  4. millertime

    millertime New Member

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    Harsen's Island & Traverse City MI
    funny you ask. I just dug into my band file, and found interesting things....

    about 75 in total...
    blue wing teal
    widgeon
    canvasbacks
    wood ducks
    black ducks
    mallards
    canada geese

    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]
     
  5. Kornfed

    Kornfed Elite Refuge Member

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    Good stuff!
     
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  6. DanL

    DanL Senior Refuge Member

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    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.
     
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  7. wingcutter

    wingcutter Refuge Member

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    Mallard
    Dove
    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.
     
  8. Red foot

    Red foot Elite Refuge Member

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    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.
     
  9. George

    George Elite Refuge Member

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    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.
     
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  10. Norcal Ducker

    Norcal Ducker Refuge Member

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    Northern California
    Honkers
    Woodies
    Mallard
    Sprig
    Spoonie
    Wigeon
    Gadwall
     

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