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Black bellies the southern equivalent to the greenhead

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  1. Sunklands

    Sunklands Elite Refuge Member

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    Seen probably 12-15 for the first time two days ago in the Bootheel. Seen a few more today. Not shy of folks at all. They’re still around come season, should be easy pickin’s.
     
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  2. JP

    JP Elite Refuge Member

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    We know where your blind will be this coming season.
     
  3. burgawboy

    burgawboy Elite Refuge Member

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    I’ve never seen one. Would love to see them expand their region to NC.
     
  4. bird junkie

    bird junkie Elite Refuge Member

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    I heard one was confirmed on a pond outside of Richmond va
     
  5. Grif

    Grif Elite Refuge Member

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    2020......might as well have black bellie ducks. What is happening??? :l
     
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  6. Blackduck

    Blackduck Senior Refuge Member

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    They show up in NC, VA, MD, and points farther north every summer now. SC has a large breeding population now. They head south for the winter before season though.
     
  7. meb

    meb Senior Refuge Member

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    PA has listed limit of 1 for fulvous tree ducks as long as I can remember. Never seen or heard of anyone taking one. Did read where birders were going nuts over one on Lake Erie years ago after a hurricane. Rather than not listing them at all making them fair game I’m certain they list them in the limit just so they could ruin your day if you were ever lucky enough to get into a lost group.
     
  8. H20DAD

    H20DAD Elite Refuge Member

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    They list them that way as an Atlantic flyway rule. It pertains to the rice farmers in Florida wiping them out in the past. Trust me, no game warden north of Florida knows what a fulvous looks like.
     
  9. meb

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  10. meb

    meb Senior Refuge Member

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    Yes I suppose same reason they list harlequin as a protected duck since PA is Atlantic flyway. Western PA seems much closer to Mississippi flyway but really isn’t in a flyway. LOL. Although we did actually have to pass on a hen harlequin a couple years ago on Lake Erie. My son called it right away even though he’d never seen a harlequin. Looked sorta like hen Buffy but something didn’t look right. Confirmed ID on phone as it swam around in decoys.
     

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