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Went for a little drive yesterday; I figured the birds might be looking for someplace to weather out the storm that was forcast. I wasn't disappointed. I got to see alot of birds that I usually don't get to see during the hunting season. I know some of the pics aren't of the quality that usually get posted, but I was pretty happy with them.






 

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I've never seen a redhead in pa in my life... my fiancée called me saying she seen gray ducks with brownish reddish heads and my initial thought was merganser hens n she insisted not... I never gave it anymore thought until I saw this picture n she said absolutely this is what she saw... so disappointingly I had to tell her she was right... haha
 

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Thanks for sharing! I drove by the river yesterday and saw a ton of ducks too. Couldn't tell what they were but I did see a bunch of white on some of them.

Gets me to thinking....Do they just blow right on through here on their way south because of hunting pressure? Why do we see them now and not during the season? They always seem to pile up here on their way back north.
 

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Pigger said:
Thanks for sharing! I drove by the river yesterday and saw a ton of ducks too. Couldn't tell what they were but I did see a bunch of white on some of them.

Gets me to thinking....Do they just blow right on through here on their way south because of hunting pressure? Why do we see them now and not during the season? They always seem to pile up here on their way back north.
It seems to me that they hug the coast more on their southern flight, and work more inland on their way back. I have no science to back this, just seems that way to me.
 

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Redheads and cans seem to be the rarest out here, but with a vegetarian diet like their's, why come thru or stay? There's not much in the way of wild celery.. Buffies and broadies that like freshwater clams and fish have a decent stay, along with mallards that eat anything. What I see of wigeon, pintails and whatever are gone by mid November. I've got no science to back me either, just what I've come to believe.
 

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its spring and love is in the air. haha nice picks. I know a certain member on here that is probably going crazy of those pintails.
 

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dmccoy1 said:
great pics, those two ring necks look very much "in love", funny.
There was also about a dozen hooded mergansers "doing the dance" for a couple hens, but my pics of them came out terrible.
 

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Great pictures. I too have been seeing a ton of ducks lately.
 

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Must be 2000 Divers on Lake Wilhelm right now.
 

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Quackmaster, was that Gallitizin by chance ?
Nice variety !! Always nice to see at this time of year.
Good pix. !!
 

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quakbak said:
its spring and love is in the air. haha nice picks. I know a certain member on here that is probably going crazy of those pintails.
I don't have a clue who your talking about.
 

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I always figured the snows took the coast south and then returned north inland but never thought about the ducks doing that. Just seems odd that the Chesepeake Bay and areas in MD get absolutely loaded up with ducks every year and we don't even see half of what they get on the southern migration. I have witnessed a huge mass migration in years past. Thousands of ducks moving through this area in a day or two. However I haven't seen that in quite a few years. Used to see huge flocks of a couple hundred coot too. Almost had to run them over on the way to the blind. Don't see any of that anymore. Maybe DU, Delta or SWRA should concentrate more on plantings? Seems when there are huge grass beds on the river the ducks tend to hang around here more. Problem with that is one good flood and the grass beds are completely gone. I guess the same would hold true for any plantings on the river?
 
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