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They're ba-ack...

Postby Leakydecoy » Fri Mar 09, 2007 4:22 pm

Been out to the open water lately? BIG flocks of pintails moved in on Lake Helena this morning along with a mix of divers and a few gadwalls and trumpeter swans. No white geese yet but the honkers are on the move.
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Postby phutch30 » Fri Mar 09, 2007 4:45 pm

Did you shoot any? This is the best time of year to hunt. No compitition.
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Postby Leakydecoy » Fri Mar 09, 2007 4:58 pm

Not even with a camera. :tongue:

But like you, Paul, I'm daydreaming about leaning against one of those big p-pines with a really small decoy spread in front of me pretty soon...
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Postby Leakydecoy » Sun Mar 11, 2007 7:28 pm

Some tundra swans made it back today.
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Postby phutch30 » Mon Mar 12, 2007 9:47 am

The flood gates are opening down here. Yesterday I saw 2 pairs of cinnimon teal and a pair of northern shovlers in addition to hundreds of mallards, and greenwing teal.
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Postby Leakydecoy » Thu Mar 15, 2007 8:01 am

A few divers have returned although still not a huge amount of available open water on the lake. Mostly bufflehead and ringnecks at this point. But oh lordy, I've never seen this area so dominated by pintails at any point in time. About 25 trumpeters remain mixed with several hundred tundra swans. We'll see if some white geese arrive when the wind comes back around from the southwest again this weekend.
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Postby phutch30 » Thu Mar 15, 2007 9:02 am

We have a bunch of swans and Ive seen 3 pairs of sandhill cranes. Saw a flock of blue wings yesterday. Not much for pintails.
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Postby K-Town » Thu Mar 15, 2007 2:23 pm

Last Thursday me and a friend found a flooded winter wheat field that was loaded with pintails. Saw atleast 1500 pintails and only about 10 mallards. The pintails were coming in swarms, doing the whole tornado thing, just like the mallards in November. It was a beutiful site!
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Postby Leakydecoy » Sat Mar 17, 2007 9:00 pm

Spring has officially sprung with the long-awaited return of the coots to Canyon Ferry. Also had a flock of two hundred or so tundra swans drop in just off shore. No big influx of divers yet but plenty o' wigeon.

The sunny day got the carp a-floppin' in the shallows just begging to be arrowed.
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Postby wingnutty » Sun Mar 18, 2007 9:32 pm

We've had them return here too. We put up a bunch of water and sediment control basins (small earthen dams) to trap sediment and runoff water in farm fields last fall and they are all full of water and FULL of birds. Trumpeters, ducks and geese are thick!

Saw my first pair of cranes last night flying over the house. Also saw a flock of snows on Friday. Ahhhh, a guy can really get used to this spring weather :lol: But seriously, how long till fall :help:
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Postby Leakydecoy » Sun Mar 18, 2007 9:42 pm

All of Lake Helena was free of ice today and the divers blew in. Cans, redheads, and bluebills along with more buffies and ringnecks. A few shovelers mixed in with the mallards, pintails and wigeon, but no teal to speak of. There was one flock of about 20 snow geese loafing on a point but most of the swans have moved on.
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