The last couple years, it seems we haven't been getting the big flocks of mallards like we used to. Don't know why, always used to know when the northern mallards were here. They always would hit one field to feed in year after year just out of town. You know, when you look out and just see like big whirl wind funnels circling over a field like a big tornado. I don't know if their migration pattern has changed. I know alot of wetlands around here are no longer, they have been drained for farming. My parents are guilty of doing it. They had 60 acres or more that was river-bottom wetlands, when a dry year came in the 80's they jumped at the chance to get in and tile it for farming. More money in their pocket. I hope Iowa can get their wetlands back to improve out habitat for not only waterfowl, but all wildlife. Pheasant populations are poor around here also.
I'm starting to ramble and remember the good old days of growing up