Ducks Unlimited says that the biggest danger to threatened species is hunters not being able to distuingish and shooting the wrong/rare bird. Let's start a thread on ID'ing different waterfowl. ID the bird, tell how you ID'ed it, how you could differenciate while hunting (certain flight patterns, the presence of wingbars, etc..) and if it's legal to take in your state. The purpose of this is to try and inform some hunters out there and keep the sport going and the species strong! Here's the first one. Common in the Midwest and East. Winters in Southern US, Carribbean, and South America. Can be seen in larger flocks while migrating. The bird in the front is the male and the one behind is a female.