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Numbers for this year are close to the last few years. The population is holding steady. I would not expect it to grow without additional acres of habitat which is where PF has been working to increase while maintaining current habitat to it's maximum quality. Numbers will go up or down depending on available suitable habitat which is pretty much what we expected 10 years ago. The same results are seen out west. Less CRP means less birds. During my trip to Kansas this year I paid close attention to the number of hawks along the road. I always said there are just as many hawks out west as in the east. After counting hawks in Kansas, there just might be more out west. You could almost use them for mile markers. It is and has always been a habitat issue.
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Swartz Farm 19 hens 24 cockbirds no reflushes counted. Also short on dogs




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I used see wild pheasant behind my house all the time but that was over 30 years ago. The last time I saw a wild bird was in the late 90s when I would train my English pointer on airport property in Northeast Philadelphia.

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I was on the survey today in the Hegins area. We flushed twenty eight on the two farms we did. No reflushed. We probably had too many dogs.

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Of those....how many do you guestimate were double flushes?
From my experience doing the flushing surveys for a couple years, typically there are few reflushes but it depends a bit on the property layout and surrounding properties and the amount of volunteers and dogs. On one farm I did in the Hegins-Gratz WPRA, the one year we were pretty darn sure we reflushed one bird but that was it.

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