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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-29-2019, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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Ducks are moving

I drove past two ponds near my house about an hour ago, there were Shovlers, wigeon and Ring neck ducks on the water. This time of the year Ring necks are gorgeous.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-29-2019, 12:55 PM
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Iíve been seeing a lot of wood ducks in the last couple weeks while I was beaver trapping. I flushed a pair of them yesterday that were practically sitting on top of a trap. I run heavy pan tension and that pretty much eliminates non target catches.

Lots of geese in the swamps now too.
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I've been out a couple times over the past week looking around. Lots of different birds around. I love this time of year when I see ducks that I usually don't get to see.

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Earlier this week there was about 40 Ringers on a pond near my house. Checked them out at close range with the binoculars and there were maybe 6 hens and the rest were Drakes. Is that common?

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I flushed a lot of woodcock today while pulling traps. Probably saw about a dozen. Ducks and geese everywhere.
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Yes Charlie, more drakes than hen is the norm.

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Weíve had a few birds stopping by our pond over the past week. I think weíll have a nesting pair of geese. And some mallards were fighting over the pond today
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Earlier in the week I saw what appeared to be a pair of Sandhill cranes in a field in Mercer County. I didnít have field glasses, but donít know what else they could have been.
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You are correct!! The Sandies have been here for years. I can't remember for sure but my son and I found them on opening day 15 years ago at least near the Mercer line. I do see them every year now. There is a larger flock at PYMATUNING.

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Brownie, we have been getting sandhills sporadically in Lancaster Co. since the 80s.

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