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Re: The Migration

Postby Densa44 » Sat Nov 05, 2016 6:14 pm

New snow geese, about 3,000 and never been shot, they are feeding next to the road. That is in range of the local nimrods. I wonder where they came from.

On the other hand a flock of about 1,000 honkers trying to cross the highway turned back to gain altitude and then avoided the 3 trucks that were heading home with their groceries!
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Re: The Migration

Postby Densa44 » Sun Nov 06, 2016 4:00 pm

Nov. 6 something new, warm day no wind in the a.m. About 200 swans very high, heading south. It is raining now, wind out of the north starting to blow hard. Still raining and I expect snow soon.

Oh great!
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Re: The Migration

Postby Densa44 » Thu Nov 10, 2016 7:29 pm

Nov. 10 a flock of specs yesterday, low they will be staying a while, and to-day a flock of snows about 3,000 and they were in landing mode so they will be here awhile.

I really have no idea what is going on.
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Re: The Migration

Postby Dmog » Thu Nov 10, 2016 8:38 pm

Finally forecasting lows below freezing here on Friday night. Hoping this results in some movement down here in KS.
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Re: The Migration

Postby slistoe » Sat Nov 12, 2016 8:38 am

Densa44 wrote:Nov. 10 a flock of specs yesterday, low they will be staying a while, and to-day a flock of snows about 3,000 and they were in landing mode so they will be here awhile.

I really have no idea what is going on.

Warm weather and crops in the field.
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Re: The Migration

Postby Dmog » Mon Nov 14, 2016 2:06 pm

About 50% uncut milo in my area of KS. Producers waiting for hard freeze to harvest and didn't get it this weekend. I saw about 200 specks, 50 snows, and 0 dark geese this weekend flying north.
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Re: The Migration

Postby Dmog » Mon Nov 21, 2016 6:51 pm

This weekend's numbers were low, refuge reported several thousand white fronts came in. All I saw was high flying cranes and a few flocks of white fronts. Local sand pit behind me at sundown is picking up some honkers, about 300.
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Re: The Migration

Postby Densa44 » Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:13 am

We are still pheasant hunting and the dogs are crossing the ice without getting a paw wet. I see that KS is a long way from here and the member says that there aren't many birds. Any one from Texas here? Does any one know where they all are?
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Re: The Migration

Postby Texasphez » Tue Nov 22, 2016 1:36 pm

No birds to speak of in far northwest panhandle of TX. Just now in the last two weeks starting to hear the cranes coming through. Been very hot with no cold fronts to push birds! Starting to see some ducks, but normally covered up with geese by now, and have seen very few so far!
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Re: The Migration

Postby AverageGuy » Tue Nov 22, 2016 3:35 pm

There has been ducks including some Mallards show up in both MO and KS from the front that hit the Dakotas last week. Our better State Managed public marshes are reporting 3 to 5 ducks taken per hunter per day which is excellent. The duck counts have increased in the last week by 50 to 100% depending on the Marsh.
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Re: The Migration

Postby Dmog » Mon Nov 28, 2016 11:38 am

Starting to see some snow and canada geese showing up this weekend. Mallards starting to come in also. Ratio is about 50% white front, 30% canada, 20% snows on the geese. Huntable numbers now.
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Re: The Migration

Postby slistoe » Mon Nov 28, 2016 2:06 pm

Geese still flying overhead this morning in Central Alberta. They haven't all left yet. ( I live 30 miles from Densa)
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Re: The Migration

Postby Densa44 » Mon Nov 28, 2016 7:33 pm

Large flock of wavys (White fronted) geese over head just now. I don't get it at all. There may/must be open water somewhere nearby. They just don't want to leave I guess. I don't want to start an argument about global warming but it is not as cold this late in the year as it has been in the past.

There is a small flock of Honkers hanging around and they show no sigh of getting ready to leave.

The number of ducks that the fellows in KS say are being shot leaves a lot unaccounted for. Where did they go?
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Re: The Migration

Postby jarbo03 » Mon Nov 28, 2016 7:44 pm

Decent push of honker over the last week and a half in NE KS. Could be hard to tell with ducks, as there is water everywhere, birds could be very scattered with good food.
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Re: The Migration

Postby slistoe » Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:00 pm

Densa44 wrote:Large flock of wavys (White fronted) geese over head just now. I don't get it at all. There may/must be open water somewhere nearby. They just don't want to leave I guess. I don't want to start an argument about global warming but it is not as cold this late in the year as it has been in the past.

There is a small flock of Honkers hanging around and they show no sigh of getting ready to leave.

The number of ducks that the fellows in KS say are being shot leaves a lot unaccounted for. Where did they go?

A good sized group of geese will keep the water open in these temperatures - with all the feed still out in the fields and accessible with the minimal snow cover they have little incentive to leave. Remember that the honkers and mallards will stay all winter here if they have water and feed. Battle River Power Plant and Sheerness have year round flocks of mallards most years.
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