This morning (Sunday, November 11, 2007) Dean and I stopped at the
Dolores Holding Ponds, just west of the Dolores sewage treatment
ponds. Lying on the asphalt path near where we parked was a dead
White-winged Scoter. As Dean photographed it, we realized it had
been shot and that
the hunters, dog, and decoys were just down the path from us. The
hunters (a man and a boy) came up and claimed the duck. We pointed
out it was a White-Winged Scoter. The man became very belligerent
and said it was a "Bluebill"---Ruddy Duck, maybe? There were Ruddy
Ducks on the holding pond.
Out of curiosity: does anyone know how tasty a scoter would be? Do
they taste like dead fish? Are they legal to hunt in Colorado? For
that matter, how tasty are Ruddy Ducks?
Lewis, Montezuma County, CO