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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby ByersFarm » Sat Feb 08, 2014 4:27 pm

I feel like a lot of people who see the majority of their ducks in late season aren't seeing what they call new ducks. They're seeing the return of ducks who have been south. It's just a theory of mine, with no scientific data to back it up.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby jaysweet3 » Sat Feb 08, 2014 4:42 pm

You probably see as much duck behavior on your farm as a regional biologist does.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby jehler » Sun Feb 09, 2014 7:38 am

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jaysweet3 wrote:Do you get big concentrations of geese on the way back north?

It's very rare in our flooded fields. The return migration started weeks ago. When they head back north they tend to use a different corridor in the flyway. We will get them in dry fields, but few and far between in our flooded fields.

If'n any a dem birds that started north weeks ago are headin to Michigan, they'all r a fixin ta be surprised ;)
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby beretta24 » Sun Feb 09, 2014 8:16 am

jehler wrote:
ByersFarm wrote:
jaysweet3 wrote:Do you get big concentrations of geese on the way back north?

It's very rare in our flooded fields. The return migration started weeks ago. When they head back north they tend to use a different corridor in the flyway. We will get them in dry fields, but few and far between in our flooded fields.

If'n any a dem birds that started north weeks ago are headin to Michigan, they'all r a fixin ta be surprised ;)

And straight north of ya, all but parts of our rivers have 24"+ of ice. They are stacked in places though.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby ByersFarm » Sun Feb 09, 2014 4:08 pm

jehler wrote:
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jaysweet3 wrote:Do you get big concentrations of geese on the way back north?

It's very rare in our flooded fields. The return migration started weeks ago. When they head back north they tend to use a different corridor in the flyway. We will get them in dry fields, but few and far between in our flooded fields.

If'n any a dem birds that started north weeks ago are headin to Michigan, they'all r a fixin ta be surprised ;)


They will reverse direction when they encounter a front, and this process takes weeks. Just the same as we all know spring is around the corner, so do the birds. They've got heading north on their mind.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby jehler » Sun Feb 09, 2014 5:34 pm

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jehler wrote:
ByersFarm wrote:
jaysweet3 wrote:Do you get big concentrations of geese on the way back north?

It's very rare in our flooded fields. The return migration started weeks ago. When they head back north they tend to use a different corridor in the flyway. We will get them in dry fields, but few and far between in our flooded fields.

If'n any a dem birds that started north weeks ago are headin to Michigan, they'all r a fixin ta be surprised ;)


They will reverse direction when they encounter a front, and this process takes weeks. Just the same as we all know spring is around the corner, so do the birds. They've got heading north on their mind.

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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby Westtennduckhunter » Sun Feb 09, 2014 6:07 pm

jehler wrote:
ByersFarm wrote:
jehler wrote:
ByersFarm wrote:
jaysweet3 wrote:Do you get big concentrations of geese on the way back north?

It's very rare in our flooded fields. The return migration started weeks ago. When they head back north they tend to use a different corridor in the flyway. We will get them in dry fields, but few and far between in our flooded fields.

If'n any a dem birds that started north weeks ago are headin to Michigan, they'all r a fixin ta be surprised ;)


They will reverse direction when they encounter a front, and this process takes weeks. Just the same as we all know spring is around the corner, so do the birds. They've got heading north on their mind.

You're talkin way over my head brotha, I was just wanting to fit in and talk some southern


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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby ByersFarm » Sun Feb 09, 2014 6:43 pm

jehler wrote:
ByersFarm wrote:
jehler wrote:
ByersFarm wrote:
jaysweet3 wrote:Do you get big concentrations of geese on the way back north?

It's very rare in our flooded fields. The return migration started weeks ago. When they head back north they tend to use a different corridor in the flyway. We will get them in dry fields, but few and far between in our flooded fields.

If'n any a dem birds that started north weeks ago are headin to Michigan, they'all r a fixin ta be surprised ;)


They will reverse direction when they encounter a front, and this process takes weeks. Just the same as we all know spring is around the corner, so do the birds. They've got heading north on their mind.

You're talkin way over my head brotha, I was just wanting to fit in and talk some southern

After rail e ing ducks and whipping shitties I don't know if you'll be allowed back down here.

No kidding. Kyle was talking with our plumber last week and he asked Kyle if he had been whipping shitties.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby jehler » Sun Feb 09, 2014 7:25 pm

ByersFarm wrote:
jehler wrote:
ByersFarm wrote:
jehler wrote:
ByersFarm wrote:
jaysweet3 wrote:Do you get big concentrations of geese on the way back north?

It's very rare in our flooded fields. The return migration started weeks ago. When they head back north they tend to use a different corridor in the flyway. We will get them in dry fields, but few and far between in our flooded fields.

If'n any a dem birds that started north weeks ago are headin to Michigan, they'all r a fixin ta be surprised ;)


They will reverse direction when they encounter a front, and this process takes weeks. Just the same as we all know spring is around the corner, so do the birds. They've got heading north on their mind.

You're talkin way over my head brotha, I was just wanting to fit in and talk some southern

After rail e ing ducks and whipping shitties I don't know if you'll be allowed back down here.

No kidding. Kyle was talking with our plumber last week and he asked Kyle if he had been whipping shitties.

Whipping crappy's is not something you forget lol
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby Indaswamp » Sun Feb 09, 2014 8:58 pm

beretta24 wrote:
jehler wrote:
ByersFarm wrote:
jaysweet3 wrote:Do you get big concentrations of geese on the way back north?

It's very rare in our flooded fields. The return migration started weeks ago. When they head back north they tend to use a different corridor in the flyway. We will get them in dry fields, but few and far between in our flooded fields.

If'n any a dem birds that started north weeks ago are headin to Michigan, they'all r a fixin ta be surprised ;)

And straight north of ya, all but parts of our rivers have 24"+ of ice. They are stacked in places though.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby beretta24 » Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:34 pm

Indaswamp wrote:
beretta24 wrote:
jehler wrote:
ByersFarm wrote:
jaysweet3 wrote:Do you get big concentrations of geese on the way back north?

It's very rare in our flooded fields. The return migration started weeks ago. When they head back north they tend to use a different corridor in the flyway. We will get them in dry fields, but few and far between in our flooded fields.

If'n any a dem birds that started north weeks ago are headin to Michigan, they'all r a fixin ta be surprised ;)

And straight north of ya, all but parts of our rivers have 24"+ of ice. They are stacked in places though.
uploadfromtaptalk1391955179485.jpg

Tundra swans? any mutes?

Actually those are all Trumpeters with a few Canada geese and mallards mixed in. It's kind of an anomaly, but some lady started feeding them in the winter years ago and now there's a couple thousand that show up. Deafening.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby Indaswamp » Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:36 pm

beretta24 wrote:
Indaswamp wrote:
beretta24 wrote:
jehler wrote:
ByersFarm wrote:
jaysweet3 wrote:Do you get big concentrations of geese on the way back north?

It's very rare in our flooded fields. The return migration started weeks ago. When they head back north they tend to use a different corridor in the flyway. We will get them in dry fields, but few and far between in our flooded fields.

If'n any a dem birds that started north weeks ago are headin to Michigan, they'all r a fixin ta be surprised ;)

And straight north of ya, all but parts of our rivers have 24"+ of ice. They are stacked in places though.
uploadfromtaptalk1391955179485.jpg

Tundra swans? any mutes?

Actually those are all Trumpeters with a few Canada geese and mallards mixed in. It's kind of an anomaly, but some lady started feeding them in the winter years ago and now there's a couple thousand that show up. Deafening.

interesting....sounds like the speckelbellies at Cason's.... :sarcmark: :wink:
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby ByersFarm » Mon Feb 10, 2014 8:42 am

It's interesting that you mention the lady and the swans. My grandfather had 40 acres high fenced at his house. He started out raising and feeding canada geese there. Over time the specks came in droves. He would feed 1,000-2,000lbs of grain a day, and it was the norm to see 40 acres of specks in there. His house was about 12 miles from our farm, and the authorities never considered it baiting as long as he didn't hunt there. However, after several years his neighbors began to hunt alongside the fence. Eventually the game wardens forced them to back away from the fence some, so the geese learned to stop flying in low. All backstory aside, it's interesting how much impact an individual can have. The swans support my theory of imprinting.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby beretta24 » Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:33 am

ByersFarm wrote: The swans support my theory of imprinting.

Yes Sir. They've documented imprinting with people/owners etc. No reason it can't be done with food/locations.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby Luladucks1 » Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:35 pm

We got a group of sand hill cranes that will be found within 50 yards of the same spot every sing year! Crazy!
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby t_baker » Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:46 pm

My grandpa has had a hen mallard show up at his pond every spring for 6 or 7 years now. Lays her eggs, sits on them, drake swims around the pond, eggs hatch, they all leave. She walks them over the hill and onto the old rail road bed. About 5 hours later they show up a couple miles down the road at my uncles pond. Usually one or 2 are missing. They stay there until they can fly and they all take off. Grandpa has never had ducks on his pond until this hen showed up. He is big into photography and has never missed them leaving in all the years they have been there.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby ByersFarm » Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:11 am

All of these stories are pleasing to here. I had a client this year ask me if I thought birds remembered a place from one season to the next. I told him "absolutely."
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby OHIODUCKA5 » Wed Mar 05, 2014 3:35 pm

Any updates Cason?
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby bighop » Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:20 pm

They said it happens on their way home when we were there Saturday night, but do you have any idea how frustrating it is to drive through a state where the bar ditches are full of fully plumed mallards for a guy that never sees mallards?
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby quacknstack6 » Wed Mar 05, 2014 6:11 pm

bighop wrote:They said it happens on their way home when we were there Saturday night, but do you have any idea how frustrating it is to drive through a state where the bar ditches are full of fully plumed mallards for a guy that never sees mallards?

Bout as aggravating as getting a raptor stuck chasing cripples?
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby bighop » Wed Mar 05, 2014 7:04 pm

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bighop wrote:They said it happens on their way home when we were there Saturday night, but do you have any idea how frustrating it is to drive through a state where the bar ditches are full of fully plumed mallards for a guy that never sees mallards?

Bout as aggravating as getting a raptor stuck chasing cripples?

Much worse. Getting trucks stuck is nothing new....
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby ByersFarm » Wed Mar 05, 2014 7:41 pm

OHIODUCKA5 wrote:Any updates Cason?

Not a lot to report. Ducks and geese are trickling back north. At least they are in between these dammed winter storms. Teal are starting to show up, which means to me that our spring birds are almost here.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby swampboy91 » Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:48 pm

Byers,
When do you "normally" see you last migrating birds for the year. I know this varies from year to year, but an estimate. Haven't seen much here lately except a few divers.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby ByersFarm » Wed Mar 05, 2014 10:03 pm

swampboy91 wrote:Byers,
When do you "normally" see you last migrating birds for the year. I know this varies from year to year, but an estimate. Haven't seen much here lately except a few divers.

The only months out of the year that we don't have migrating ducks are June and July.
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Re: Byers Farm Migration

Postby swampboy91 » Wed Mar 05, 2014 10:16 pm

That's awesome! You are definitely on the "X".
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