Banded Surf Scoter
The 2012/ 2013 WA waterfowl season is off and running ! The 7 bird limit, 107 day season began the second weekend in October and things have been going very well for our duck hunters. A bout of mild 60 degree weather stalled the migration a bit after a great opening, but the weather has now cooled back down now with the first freeze . The ducks have responded with fresh flocks arriving from areas north of us. Hosted a group of hunters from the Houston , Texas area this past week and during an action packed scoter hunt yesterday Mark took his first banded bird in 25 years of waterfowl hunting. A primo drake surf scoter sporting some “bling” ! USFW data showed the drake as a 5 year old bird banded 50 miles NE of here during the WDFW banding efforts in summer 2009. Quite a trophy, that bird is destined for a spot on Mark’s wall.