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Hi,

 

I saw geese from afar while visiting Wallkill River NWR (northern NJ) yesterday.  They are not in the refuge, but on the lawn of a private residence, leading me to think they might be some kind of domestic breed.  Curious if anyone can help me out with this one.

 

Thanks,

Steve

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14 minutes ago, sbutk said:

Black swans... is there such a thing?

The Black Swans of Australia are solid black, with red and white bills.

Swan Lake Iris Gardens in Sumter, SC is near me physically and dear to my outdoor-loving heart.  While they are obviously captive and can't be listed, it's one of the few spots in NA to see all of the world's swan species.

https://www.sumtersc.gov/swanlake/swans

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32 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

The Black Swans of Australia are solid black, with red and white bills.

Swan Lake Iris Gardens in Sumter, SC is near me physically and dear to my outdoor-loving heart.  While they are obviously captive and can't be listed, it's one of the few spots in NA to see all of the world's swan species.

https://www.sumtersc.gov/swanlake/swans

 

Cool.

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2 hours ago, The Bird Nuts said:

It is legal to hunt wild Canada Geese and other waterfowl...with a license.

 

Huh, OK.  Ducks, I knew about; I guess I'd just never heard of anyone going "goose hunting".

 

I would think there must be a line drawn somewhere, though, isn't there?  What about Loons, Coots, Grebes... ?

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2 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Quail and dove, depending on the jurisdiction.   After all, that's why they're called 'game birds'.

Yep, you can responsibly hunt certain waterfowl and game birds with a license, but you're not allowed to have an Anhinga for supper, these days. In Audubon's times they would shoot and eat anything- Upland Sandpipers were considered delicacies. The extent of hunting and eating wild birds back then is something not everyone knows today. In fact, Audubon included "tasting notes" in some of his notes on his color plates. Him on American Robins-

"In all the Southern States, about that period, and indeed during the season, until they return in March, their presence is productive of a sort of jubilee among the gunners, and the havoc made among them with bows and arrows, blowpipes, guns, and traps of different sorts, is wonderful. Every gunner brings them home by bagsful, and the markets are supplied with them at a very cheap rate. Several persons may at this season stand round the foot of a tree loaded with berries, and shoot the greater part of the day, so fast do the flocks of Robins succeed each other. They are then fat and juicy, and afford excellent eating. "

I got my hunting licence last year, but have not hunted yet. 

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4 hours ago, Birds are cool said:

Rails!!!!!! Why would you want to hunt rails? It is illegal to shoot cranes currently. 

 

I tend to agree.  As would, I expect, most people on this forum.  Like, at least wait until I've added em to my Life List, before anybody goes shooting em all!  😞

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5 minutes ago, sbutk said:

 

I tend to agree.  As would, I expect, most people on this forum.  Like, at least wait until I've added em to my Life List, before anybody goes shooting em all!  😞

Nobody is going to go "shooting em all!" I haven't heard about rail hunting before, but in order to hunt any birds, you need to get a license, and in order to get a license, you must be properly trained. It's irresponsible hunters that give the hunting community a bad reputation.

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