Looking for ducks this time of year can be scary. Not because of the ducks, of course, but because of the orangemen and I am not talking about Syracuse. While I was home, my sister and I wanted to go see what was shakin’ at Killdeer Plains and Big Island WMAs. As we discussed our plans, with an eye out the window at the pouring rain, a few of the men in the family raised the hunting issue. Apparently it is Goose and Duck hunting season in Ohio and depending on what zone you are in, the season can last until late January. We promised to stay close to the car.
We opted to go birding on Friday thinking there would be more hunters out on Saturday. But as we drove into Killdeer Plains in the morning, there were already lots of trucks pulled off the road and dots of orange moving across the open fields and marsh. Holy Cow. The guys were not kidding. I saw more blaze orange there than I have seen in all my years of living in NJ. We did not end up staying long at Killdeer Plains; the roads were really muddy and rutted and the whole hunting thing was weirding me out. We puttered over to Big Island where there were fewer guys in orange. Both areas look like they would be great places to bird in migration. Or anytime when you were not taking your life in your hands.
We went home shaking our heads wishing we had opted for Hoover Reservoir instead. Oh well, live and learn. To see other birds and not have to take your life in your hands, hop over to Bird Photography Weekly.