Mallard Migration 2013-14?

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Mallard Migration 2013-14?

Postby red_duck » Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:36 am

A few weeks ago I read that almost a million mallards were on the Missouri river in S. Dakota, then that really cold arctic blast hit with ice, sleet and snow. It didn't look like snow it the Dakotas, Nebraska or Kansas but got really cold. So I am wondering have the mallards left S. Dakota or not. I'm sure some did and we get spotty reports of them in Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Did they keep flying over Oklahoma or are they still north? This fall I drove through Kansas and could not believe all the agriculture with abundant rainfall over summer...so that makes me think they are feeding and using big water.
The past two years the mallards never really migrated south due to lack of heavy (6+ inches) snowfall that prevents them from feeding in fields.
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Re: Mallard Migration 2013-14?

Postby shoveler_shooter » Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:31 am

Not sure how far south it's gotten as a whole, but I do know there's a ton of geese and mallards in KS right now. I think what we saw over the split has gone south, but the next wave is still in KS.
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Re: Mallard Migration 2013-14?

Postby tornadochaser » Tue Dec 17, 2013 11:00 am

Not much left here in SD. Maybe 200,000 ducks scattered from north to southeast along the river system.

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Re: Mallard Migration 2013-14?

Postby Griffdom » Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:04 pm

I talked to several (6) WMA managers from different areas of the state trying to find a good place to go before last weekend and they all told me the same thing. There were tons of birds, but when the water froze up they all flew south. However, I was told that there is another wave up in North Kansas and South Nebraska that should push in at some point. Now that the ponds are defrosting I anticipate another push soon. But, who knows? The cold front this coming weekend with defrosted ponds and lakes should be what the Dr. ordered...
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Re: Mallard Migration 2013-14?

Postby UrbanDuckMan » Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:29 pm

Watch for'em on or just after the 22nd. of December! :lol:
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Re: Mallard Migration 2013-14?

Postby JMichigan » Tue Dec 17, 2013 3:11 pm

I watched hundreds of mallards on some state land last friday. They may have stayed through saturday but they were long gone by Sunday.
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Re: Mallard Migration 2013-14?

Postby gadwall_guy » Mon Dec 30, 2013 1:32 pm

UrbanDuckMan wrote:Watch for'em on or just after the 22nd. of December! :lol:


They're in town now boys!
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Re: Mallard Migration 2013-14?

Postby Super Dave 32 » Mon Dec 30, 2013 3:55 pm

We have been slaughtering the mallards in grain fields the last week and a half. Almost as many as three years ago prior to the great droughts.

If you can find corn or milo fields, you will find the mallards.

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Re: Mallard Migration 2013-14?

Postby JDog » Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:31 pm

Yeah, I think a few have made it down to our great state:
http://youtu.be/SDUIIvGYaEM
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Re: Mallard Migration 2013-14?

Postby red_duck » Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:07 am

Yeh JDog it sure looks like a bunch of mallards!!! Have fun with those. I just returned from KC and every pond locked up with ice, hoping more open water keeps birds in OK for awhile. Went last Saturday and saw nothing but gadwalls...not complaining just hoping for some green.
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