I hiked around the Hayflats on Wednesday for a little while and left with a few feathered critters in my brace. With that said, some of bird species I encountered there deserve a second look before pulling the trigger. If you're looking for your 8 ducks, be sure you take a maximum of only 1 canvasback.
If you have a dog that wants some action or you have an itchy trigger finger and you start shooting at shorebirds, be SURE it's a snipe of which you can take 8 per day/16 in possession. There are lots of other species in that complex. In fact, my dog (who has a very soft mouth and who i watched the entire retrieve) brought me a greater yellowlegs that somebody decided to take a poke at. It's wing was broken by shot but I released it anyways to end up back in the greater food chain. Yellowlegs are very gray and when they fly you can see the bright yellow legs and they have a white tail/tail band. I also saw a bunch of dowitchers that had my gun mounted to my shoulder but then I saw the white stripe down their backs and eased away from the trigger. Dowitchers are usually flocked up. I saw both single yellowlegs as well as flocks of them. The snipe I encountered were generally solitary although they will show up in small groups. They don't provide much meat but they do make for a fun shoot and their feathers are interesting. I'll probably do a tail fan mount of at least one of them. They also have a really neat alternating black and white pattern on the feathers on the side of their body. I hope this wasn't preachy, I'm really just trying to keep everyone legal and prevent non-target species from being unnecessarily shot.
Yellowlegs (also give a two or three note cheep when they take off)- http://www.birdzilla.com/images/stor...owlegs-450.jpg
Dowitcher (short and long-billed are almost the same)- http://wwwdelivery.superstock.com/WI..._1927-2510.jpg