2013 Duck Opener

2013 Duck Opener

Sep 22, 2013

Perfect weather.  Lots of ducks.  Happy hunters.  That’s the general assessment for this year’s Opening Day of the early segment of the 2013 Iowa Duck Season — or at least that’s how it shaped up in the North Central region of the state.     As always, our party began the opening weekend with a family campout; staged this...

Duck Opener

Duck Opener

Sep 20, 2013

    My friend Joe Wilkinson and I spent a good part of our morning shooting waterfowl and wetland video in North Central Iowa.  Overall habitat conditions are excellent and every area we visited held ducks –mallards, wood ducks, even a few newly arrived pintails.  But the highlight of the morning came in the form of buzzing, low level flocks...

In Praise of Goldenrod

In Praise of Goldenrod

Sep 19, 2013

  Showy and colorful, the goldenrod is one of my favorite fall flowers.  The annual appearance of the goldenrod’s bright yellow flowers offer proof positive that summer heat and humidity are on borrowed time and that fall will soon arrive.  The yellow flowers also mean that blue-winged teal are already on the move and that we’ll soon be...

Waterfowl on the Move

Waterfowl on the Move

Sep 17, 2013

  It didn’t take a trained meteorologist or PhD level ornithologist to read the signs.  With starry nighttime skies, daily high temperatures dropping off dramatically, and steadily freshening breezes, the message was clear.  Migratory birds would be on the move.  And for anyone who spent time poking around North Iowa wetlands on Friday and...

Death on the Mudflats

Death on the Mudflats

Sep 16, 2013

  Saturday morning and a large scale bird migration was in full swing.  I had hunkered into the soggy edge of North Iowa mudflat to enjoy the show as flocks of blue-winged teal, mallards, green-wings, pintails, shovelers, yellowlegs, and killdeer moved above the wetlands.  A good number of teal, killdeer and yellowlegs had stopped to explore and probe...