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 Post subject: Re: Marsh Hens
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:21 am 
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Interesting. Here is the information from our Department of Environmental Conservation:
https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/80309.html

We just don't see a lot of these birds in my area (Southeast Adirondacks). We do see coots. I don't think any of the serious duck hunters I know could I.D. any of these birds other than the coot.



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 Post subject: Re: Marsh Hens
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:44 am 
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I believe it is an ivory bill coot. I think it means something like chicken of the sea from the French but my French isn't too good!


Bingo! You got it, geo. Fulica americana, the American coot aka ivory billed coot, mud hen, water chicken, poule d'eau, etc. In the family of Rallidae, which includes rails and gallinules. They're not very sporty shooting, but make a pretty good gumbo or stew if you know how to fix it.


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 Post subject: Re: Marsh Hens
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:19 am 
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I don't see many Virginia rails. One will show up now & then. More soras but just scattered singles. They look like a miniature gallinule or coot. King rails look so much like a clapper rail that I am not sure I have ever seen one. I was undecided as to whether I was looking at a big clapper rail or a king rail. The only difference is the king rail is larger & has more reddish coloring. Well I learned something. Apparently the common gallinule is the same bird as the common moorhen. Moorhen is the English/ European name primarily but also used here occasionally. There is also a purple gallinule. The hunting season for coots, gallinules & moorhens is listed separately but runs concurrent with the marsh hen season. Until now, the only time I ever heard moorhen mentioned was reading English literature or hunting stories. It was obvious it was a coot like bird from the context but I never knew it was a gallinule.


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 Post subject: Re: Marsh Hens
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 Post subject: Re: Marsh Hens
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2020 12:09 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Marsh Hens
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2020 12:27 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Marsh Hens
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2020 12:41 pm 
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desmobob wrote:
Interesting. Here is the information from our Department of Environmental Conservation:
https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/80309.html

We just don't see a lot of these birds in my area (Southeast Adirondacks). We do see coots. I don't think any of the serious duck hunters I know could I.D. any of these birds other than the coot.


"Secretive Marsh Birds" is a term I've not seen before. Interesting to see which species are protected, also.

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 Post subject: Re: Marsh Hens
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2020 12:59 pm 
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osok1 wrote:
desmobob wrote:
Interesting. Here is the information from our Department of Environmental Conservation:
https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/80309.html

We just don't see a lot of these birds in my area (Southeast Adirondacks). We do see coots. I don't think any of the serious duck hunters I know could I.D. any of these birds other than the coot.


"Secretive Marsh Birds" is a term I've not seen before. Interesting to see which species are protected, also.


With related birds with similar looks/features on both the "protected" and "game" lists here, along with them all being referred to as "secretive," I guess it's understandable why nobody I know hunts them! :?

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 Post subject: Re: Marsh Hens
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Thank you! The only thing more amazing than what I can remember is what I can't remember!


:lol: I resemble that remark! :lol:




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