Uneasyjmitchell wrote:Is Erie salt water?
Lcso61 wrote:Those helped a bit. I think the other ones I have been mainly seeing are Gadwalls? Do we even get those? They are a plain looking brown bodied and headed, both sexes, and about half have some white on the underside of their wings about halfway out, I assume these are the males, and have a bluish grey bill. Ohio's limit wording is kind of confusing. If these are in fact Gadwall can I kill my limit of 6 on them or none at all since they are not specifically listed. And trust me, passing up unknown birds sucks, but for now I am trying to watch them closely as opposed to shoot them and try to figure out what they are. I never get mallards or wood ducks which I can identify to come in lol and so far this year my grand total is 2 hooded mergs, which taste horrible I might add.
Lcso61 wrote:Hmm, well back to square one then. Guess I will just have to wait to get a better look at one. I just hate the idea of shooting something to see what it is, seems to be an easy way to end up with a hefty fine. Maybe next time I will get one closer. Are there like a handfull of ducks that I would see primarily, I understand anything is possible, but maybe starting by comparing what I see to a few likely candidates as opposed to looking at dozens of pictures of ducks I will probably never see would be more effecient.
Apoc wrote:I am new as well and missed some birds erly in the season because I didnt know what they were. I was told that the first bird is free. You can shoot anything as long as you are sure it is a duck. After that you can ID it and decide if you have somthing you are only aloud to have one of. Id much rather know exactly what im shooting but im lerning this way prety good.
Lcso61 wrote:Hope I am right because I have been trying so hard to avoid something like this. Had a flock of five, 3 were hen mallards but two appeared to be very dark, almost black, mallards so I thought they were black ducks and killed one of each type. After retrieving them they looked WAY more similar than they did in the air but I still think the dark one is a black duck given that the blue on the speculum has no white trim top or bottom. Also now wonder if it could be a mottled. Either way the second is 50% darker than the first, including its bill and feet. I took some really nice comparitve pics but can not figure out how to load them.
HNTFSH wrote:Blackducks aren't particularly common so the odds are always Hen mallards.
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