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Re: Picking up my hooded merganser today [Re: Bruce T] #7526645
03/13/22 07:23 AM
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Re: Picking up my hooded merganser today [Re: Bruce T] #7526658
03/13/22 07:49 AM
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They are beautiful birds, especially right now during breeding season.
We have 2 to 4 pairs every morning on the river out back right now doing their courtship displays.
Only thing I don't like about them is the parasitic nesting in wood duck boxes, it's becoming more of an issue the past few years.
Cleaning up nest boxes and find a few unhatched eggs in about half of them.
Woodie eggs are slightly smaller and lighter colored, but the real difference is in the shell thickness.
Merganser are twice as thick.

Re: Picking up my hooded merganser today [Re: Bruce T] #7526729
03/13/22 09:35 AM
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Not only my favorite duck, but my favorite bird!

Re: Picking up my hooded merganser today [Re: Bruce T] #7526733
03/13/22 09:40 AM
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They’re a “pretty” duck, and thankfully don’t count towards our duck limit down here. We generally pass them anyways. Don’t really care for their taste…yes, I can tell a difference, lol. They do make a good training tool. If your dog will pick up a merganser, they’ll pick up anything.

Re: Picking up my hooded merganser today [Re: BvrRetriever] #7526734
03/13/22 09:40 AM
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Originally Posted by BvrRetriever
I saw one on my pond a few years back and asked one of my buddies who is a duck hunter…I explained it to him and he called it a mud duck. But they sure are beautiful!

He didn't know then


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Re: Picking up my hooded merganser today [Re: Bruce T] #7526768
03/13/22 10:20 AM
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Nice. Their flank feathers are good for tying up a bunch of different trout flies

Re: Picking up my hooded merganser today [Re: Bruce T] #7526771
03/13/22 10:24 AM
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I'm not a guy that know any duck hunters so I have trouble with identifying them. It's kind of like this. Ducks come in bang bang bang. Retrieve ducks, look them up on line to see what they are and how many I can shoot. I didn't enjoy that part and so don't duck hunt much if any.

But once I had wave after wave of those come in. We are allowed 2 hooded 6 regular. So after the first volley it was an enjoyable evening of duck watching. I should have had them mounted but I left them on the bank to get a better angle for pictures of the birds coming in and the best looking one I had left with a red fox while I was on the other side of the pond.

O heard they were not for to eat but took the remaning one home. My wife marinade it for about a week and said it was not bad. I was at work and it was gone when I got home so guess the family liked it.

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