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#5489642 - 12/20/14 04:47 PM Anybody know what these are?
brazosboyt Offline
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I've got a 2 acre pond that always has birds. I've watched them boil the water getting these bugs. They are always all over the decs when we pick up. Look like a flea.




Whatever they are, I hope they stick around. They seem to attract ducks with these shiny metal things on their legs.

#2 sons first band. Banded. 8/14 in Ontario. That's #3 from that pond.


Edited by brazosboyt (12/20/14 04:48 PM)

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#5489676 - 12/20/14 05:07 PM Re: Anybody know what these are? [Re: brazosboyt]
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Registered: 07/19/09
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Loc: Nacogdoches, TX
We found them on our decoys here. I have no clue what they are. There were tons of them though.

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#5489767 - 12/20/14 06:03 PM Re: Anybody know what these are? [Re: brazosboyt]
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Awesome redhead!

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#5490030 - 12/20/14 08:40 PM Re: Anybody know what these are? [Re: brazosboyt]
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Congrats on the band to the boy, can't help on the bugs

I figured you'd use better decoys than GHG confused2
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#5490039 - 12/20/14 08:47 PM Re: Anybody know what these are? [Re: brazosboyt]
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I've seen those on my pond in south texas. The shovelers and teal seem to love them

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#5490081 - 12/20/14 09:18 PM Re: Anybody know what these are? [Re: garrett]
brazosboyt Offline
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Originally Posted By: garrett
Congrats on the band to the boy, can't help on the bugs

I figured you'd use better decoys than GHG confused2


Best coot decoys on the market......

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#5490104 - 12/20/14 09:30 PM Re: Anybody know what these are? [Re: brazosboyt]
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So if I put them on my decoys would that be considered as "Baiting"?

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#5490807 - 12/21/14 12:55 PM Re: Anybody know what these are? [Re: brazosboyt]
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Congrats to your son on his trophy! Regarding the water bugs, if they look like fleas, they may be water fleas, Daphnia. If so, they are invertebrates found in most fresh water lakes, especially green water as they feed on algae.

Water fleas are an important waterfowl food source, especially in waterfowl hatchlings and hen laying northern shovelers, gadwalls and mallards. Molting drake mallards also eat water fleas.

Logically this suggests that while waterfowl such as mallards mainly get nutrition from plants, during times of growth for hatchlings, hens laying eggs and feather regeneration for drakes, they need animal protein as well.

In the circle of life, in the Delta Marsh at Lake Manitoba, the peak population of Daphnia coincides with the peak ducking hatch. While adult waterfowl feast on vegetation in the same marsh, hatchlings get their nutrition from animal protein by consuming invertebrates such as Daphnia. As you’ve noticed in your own duck pond, adults will eat Daphnia but may prefer vegetation if available.

Daphnia is also like the canary in the mine. They are fragile when it comes to pollutants and used in research to detect chemicals in fresh water sources.

For those interested in elevating their waterfowl knowledge, here are a couple of interesting studies on waterfowl selective feeding habits.

Nutritional Values of Waterfowl Foods

Selective Feeding of Wild Ducklings by Different Species

Blue Moon

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#5519626 - 01/04/15 05:31 PM Re: Anybody know what these are? [Re: brazosboyt]
TomBaty Offline


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Loc: North Texas
Those look a bit like scuds as well. I don't know what the scientific name is, but if you search "scud fly fishing" you'll see what I'm talking about. Fly fisherman use a pattern that looks something like that.
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#5520077 - 01/04/15 07:09 PM Re: Anybody know what these are? [Re: brazosboyt]
Trey72 Offline
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Registered: 12/29/14
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Loc: Tyler, TX
Nice bird and band.

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#5520267 - 01/04/15 08:16 PM Re: Anybody know what these are? [Re: jdk1985]
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Originally Posted By: jdk1985
Awesome redhead!


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#5520369 - 01/04/15 08:58 PM Re: Anybody know what these are? [Re: brazosboyt]
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Scuds or Water fleas.

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