You find it hard to tell the difference in the birds? Many people need to learn to identify the birds by more than just their plumage. Their shadowed outline in the morning sun is enough for me to identify them and tell them apart. That's one of the hardest things to acquire, the ability to distinguish the species in dim light and from a distance. I suppose that comes with time, I've been in the woods for 25 years now, there are no excuses after that long.
I specifically interested in NE Ohio hunting, basically the western side of Pymatuning. It's no secret that the marsh holds more then enough teal and we frequently shoot them in October. I assume that they're there, but if I had to sit and wait a day and only shoot teal, I could pull down a skunk without a doubt. Other days, I could shoot a 6 bird limit of bluewings. That's in October, I would like to think the odds might be a bit better in September.
Good to know about the water, but that early and no real migration under way, that might just serve to clump the birds together at the limited water and food sources. Make some spots super hot, if you know what I mean. Others might be cold.
I was just hoping some guys could show me some pics and share some successes, maybe spur me to get a temp license and do a 2 day trip to gun some. I know we aren't exactly loaded with teal in the tristate area, but I figure if they have the season, there has to be some birds.