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Migration II

Postby Densa44 » Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:29 pm

Well ever since the Chinese invented Global warming things up here are changing fast.
I'm at the 51 North Latitude. Last week pretty much all the snow melted and refilled all the pot holes. The creeks are going hard, sometimes on top of the ice. The bigger ponds are still frozen. The fields that were left in stubble have lots of free food available for birds.

On Saturday near Brooks Alberta I saw a pair of Honkers, they may be permanent residents I'm not sure.

I see on Facebook that in ND they have clouds of Snow geese. If it stays warm I'll let you know when they arrive. We have water on the prairie and that often means 2 clutches of chicks. Lets hope.

Try to shoot as many of those snows as you can. Here they can arrive and be gone in a day.
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Re: Migration II

Postby JASmith » Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:43 pm

I've seen honkers and ducks flying over the Minneapolis, Minnesota area the last few days as well. They were all headed west strangely enough.

We can't shoot them yet, so I guess someone else will get them!
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Re: Migration II

Postby orhunter » Mon Feb 20, 2017 5:01 pm

The Cackling Canada geese used to winter in the SF Cal. area, now they spend winters in NW Orygun. The Western Canadas, don't migrate at all, permanent residents.

Sometimes the Sandhill Cranes are thick here in the winter.
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Re: Migration II

Postby Densa44 » Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:19 pm

Mother nature is capable of anything here, that's why so many people live in California, but I've never seen anything like this. It won't last but once the ponds thaw they don't re-freeze and the birds will handle it just fine. The spring blizzards bother me, a lot!
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Re: Migration II

Postby orhunter » Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:38 pm

Buds are starting to swell.... Daffodils popped up in December, some are 6" high. Saw a Goldfinch on the feeder today.
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Re: Migration II

Postby stubblejumper » Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:23 pm

While running the dog Saturday, a single Canada goose flew over us. I haven't seen one since November, and I am not aware of any geese that winter in our area, so I have no idea where it came from, or where it was headed.
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Re: Migration II

Postby Densa44 » Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:57 pm

Wow one day and I'm back. As I was heading out with the dogs I thought that I could hear geese but I didn't see any so I wasn't sure. I went to the same spot to walk as yesterday and the water had spread about 50 M back from the bank. I heard what I took to be geese again, it was foggy as the warm and cold front met. I tried mouth calling, if it is a single or a lost small flock they will often come. SKLAR...OOK I called and I immediately got an answer, called again and then right out of the fog 4 snows moving fast to the NE came right over me and low.

The migration must be on but I don't think our season is open.
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Re: Migration II

Postby watermen » Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:31 pm

Last of the juveniles have been going over the house in MO the last three nights. (snow geese), I'm pretty sure with a favorable southern breeze they can make the 500 mile jump to ND no problem. They used to leave Izembek lagoon on the first big high of the season and show up in WA on one flight.
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Re: Migration II

Postby jarbo03 » Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:14 pm

Mostly adult snows still here in NE Kansas, once they pick up the juvies will probably blow on through. Tons of Canada's still around, but have started to lose a few. First batch of non mallards are starting to arrive on their trip back north.
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Re: Migration II

Postby cjm » Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:34 am

lots of open pond water and lots of mallards and geese on the north side of the twin cities MN this morning
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Re: Migration II

Postby Densa44 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:24 pm

We're back to normal, what ever that is. -20 C at night biting wind from the north light snow every day, white ermine ran across in front of me to-day. I give up, taking a week or so in Cuba, when I get back I hope spring is here.

I'm starting to think that if the birds are on their way, as soon as it gets warm again, they may just blow through.
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Re: Migration II

Postby carramrod » Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:01 am

Not waterfowl, but a major migration.

The woodcock are pretty thick in northern MO right now. We pushed a few groups up last weekend, and a few singles.

I've never specifically hunted them, but seem like they'd be fun as tight as they held this weekend. Plus I hear they're really good table fare.
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Re: Migration II

Postby Densa44 » Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:41 pm

No Woodcock, in fact I've never seen one, but I just heard a goose. It is warming up again March 2, wind blowing hard from the sw. Cuba next week.
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Re: Migration II

Postby blue04 » Thu Mar 02, 2017 5:42 pm

carramrod wrote:I've never specifically hunted them, but seem like they'd be fun as tight as they held this weekend.


They are excellent for working a young dog as they hold tight and generally don't fly out of sight when they flush. You can sometimes get a bunch of flushes from a single bird, which is awesome for working young dogs.
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Re: Migration II

Postby stubblejumper » Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:11 pm

I saw the first flock of geese this morning, too far to tell the species. Then after lunch a single Canada goose flew over. Hopefully spring will soon be here.
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