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Where are the birds?

Postby Ilovesidebysides » Mon Dec 10, 2012 8:37 pm

Just drove up 83 two days in a row for a wedding. I live in Towson MD, so there are a lot of fields/water holes on the way up there. I saw ZERO birds.
I hope it gets cold quick...
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Re: Where are the birds?

Postby ohioboy » Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:54 pm

Windy as hell now...feels like birds. :beer:
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Re: Where are the birds?

Postby zeeman » Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:11 am

I got 2 mallards and 2 goose this morning .Birds are on move but we need some cold weather very son.
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Re: Where are the birds?

Postby Skeet123 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 4:28 pm

Nice job Zeeman. I saw a small family of geese and three woodies. No mallards to speak of.
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Re: Where are the birds?

Postby Skeet123 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 5:01 pm

Got one drake mallard this morning.
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Re: Where are the birds?

Postby ohioboy » Sun Dec 16, 2012 2:10 pm

Floated the monocacy yesterday. Saw 15 or so birds, about half were woodies. Missed 2, no good shots really. Nice day, just nothing moving on the river. Did not see another hunter.

BUT....I saw tons of geese in a group headed towards the Potomac river. Biggest group I have ever seen outside of the eastern shore. Way up there, and real noisy. It was awesome to see sooooooo many birds. Ducks flying with them as we'll. I think a migration might be starting. 3 swans flew over too, and low. New thing for me out there.

How was the Potomac yesterday?
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Re: Where are the birds?

Postby Jfk1700 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:39 am

Hunted Upper Potomac today. Saw maybe 5 ducks - lots of sea gulls. No divers. Few other guys out there - didn't hear any shots on the river but did hear a few from McKee.
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Re: Where are the birds?

Postby quackhead38 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:50 pm

Jfk1700 wrote:Hunted Upper Potomac today. Saw maybe 5 ducks - lots of sea gulls. No divers. Few other guys out there - didn't hear any shots on the river but did hear a few from McKee.


i hunted the wicomico this morning and saw 75-100 buffleheads
and atleast 15-30 geese
nothin came into the spread though
"we kill things we don't understand"
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Re: Where are the birds?

Postby BigTerp » Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:58 pm

Hunted the upper Potomac Saturday morning and managed 2 geese with 2 hunters. Had a group of about 20 fly over really low while we were setting up in the dark. The group that we got into had split us. 4 went in front and we both shot at the lead bird and knocked it down. Then 4 more went up river behind us and I made a hail mary shot and downed the second. Still not seeing many geese. Saw a total of about 20 ducks that wouldn't decoy, 12 of which were mallards that flew right over our spread as we were picking up, figures :mad: . The most ducks we've seen while hunting since October though.
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Re: Where are the birds?

Postby Skeet123 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 4:42 pm

Same here. Floated the Monacacy river in the morning maybe a dozen ducks total. No ducks harvested.
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Re: Where are the birds?

Postby mollyjmu » Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:42 am

Went out to McGee this morning despite all of your best efforts... And I should have listened. I didn't even see or hear a duck. There was a bird watcher there who takes numbers for DNR and said the Christmas count this year is almost 0.
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Re: Where are the birds?

Postby Jfk1700 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:03 am

Getting to feel a lot like last year....
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Re: Where are the birds?

Postby agkoh » Wed Dec 19, 2012 2:51 pm

I work in VA now, and I drive ALL over the state. I am starting to see more and more ducks on the ponds. And of course a ridiculous amount of geese on ponds (not flying). So they have to be coming soon to MD.
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Re: Where are the birds?

Postby ohioboy » Wed Dec 19, 2012 4:59 pm

Saw 60 mallards flying low over suburbia, not what we usually see. A dozen at most is all I have ever seen together. Friend in Howard county confirmed a rise in duck numbers. Wish I could get out this weekend.

I think Saturday will be a slaughter.
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Re: Where are the birds?

Postby BigTerp » Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:16 pm

Saw a group of 20-30 flying from the potomac this evening on the way home from work. Cold front moving in + high winds + reports of new birds = :grooving: for Saturday!!!!
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Re: Where are the birds?

Postby Cajun1085 » Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:32 am

Hunted the Upper Potomac today. I think I keep seeing the same flock of mallards over and over because they want nothing to do with decoys. I did manage to work a group of what I thought were five mallards. I killed two out the flock. One was actually a gadwall. I was surprised. I was able to call in and pick off another single drake mallard. There was one group of about 15 geese flying down the river just out of gun range. Maybe saw 15-20 ducks total.
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Re: Where are the birds?

Postby Jfk1700 » Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:34 am

Cajun1085 wrote:Hunted the Upper Potomac today. I think I keep seeing the same flock of mallards over and over because they want nothing to do with decoys. I did manage to work a group of what I thought were five mallards. I killed two out the flock. One was actually a gadwall. I was surprised. I was able to call in and pick off another single drake mallard. There was one group of about 15 geese flying down the river just out of gun range. Maybe saw 15-20 ducks total.


It has been very tough to get anything to decoy up there...
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Re: Where are the birds?

Postby zeeman » Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:13 am

Some new birds ar hear this morning harvest 3 ducks and 2 goose
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Re: Where are the birds?

Postby Jfk1700 » Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:24 am

zeeman wrote:Some new birds ar hear this morning harvest 3 ducks and 2 goose



See many other guys out?
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Re: Where are the birds?

Postby BigTerp » Thu Dec 20, 2012 1:41 pm

Anyone know how much rain we are suppose to get out of this front? I'm hunting the river Saturday and the water level is just about perfect for our spot. Hopefully it won't rise to much.
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Re: Where are the birds?

Postby Md Hunter » Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:10 pm

Big Terp,

Saturday 7AM 3.9 on the Little Falls Gauge. It's not always been accurate but its the only resource out there for predictions:

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrogra ... gage=brkm2

(or just google "little falls prediction")

Depending on where you are hunting on the Upper Potomac, you may want to choose a different gauge.
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Re: Where are the birds?

Postby zeeman » Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:35 pm

I'm hunting on tidle water and yes was a lot shots bluebills at here
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Re: Where are the birds?

Postby BigTerp » Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:10 pm

Thanks Md Hunter. I actually use that website as well as a call in number for my local gauge that gives river level, temp., etc. Was just getting anxious with the storm and couldn't find any forecasted rain totals.
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Re: Where are the birds?

Postby ohioboy » Sat Dec 22, 2012 7:13 pm

Saw 200 or so geese flying over northern MoCo about sundown today. River is up a little bit. Was at 3 ramps today on the potomac and saw no hunters. Not much else noteworthy. Do I believe the weather forecast for Wednesday?
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Re: Where are the birds?

Postby Ilovesidebysides » Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:19 am

Was out near Frederick this morning. Did not see to many birds. All of them were high and going somewhere else...thought with this cold air we just got, that perhaps there would be some new birds around. I thought wrong.
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