pete/pmr wrote:Got out to the lake today and the ducks are there, group after group of divers were flying out toward the center of the lake! Have no idea why they are staying so far out in the ruff choppy water! The lake was brutal today with the wind out of the west! But on my way home I went up to the dead creek area and OMG were there mallards! Hundreds!! Blacks, teal all sorts of ducks! But I must say they know where they are safe!
hawkman wrote:Well, did you get 'em?
Sounded like birds may have been moving on Champlain. Had hoped they would also move in the NEK. Was out Friday ,Sat and Sunday. Tried the cornfileds, river, lakes and marshes. Almost no ducks at all. Did see a few high flying geese. Even had five snows land in the middle of the lake which I had never seen at this location before. They dropped into a pile of seagulls. Must have been lost.
hawkman wrote:Don't know about Whipple or Johns but Newport was completely open Sunday night. My guess is that they were all open at that time. Even most of the marsh had opened up with the strong west wind we had.
The previous Wednesday, the entire marsh had 1" of ice and the bay had a large thin patch of ice that one could motor through (I did). There are a bunch of ringnecks with a few goldeneyes that have been hanging around there. They are very spooky and jump at the first sight of a boat. I set up for divers Wednesday but they stayed just out of range as they rocketed past.
When I left Sunday evening, the wind had died completely, the temp dropped to 24 and the marsh was freezing up fast. Had to chop some of my decoys out. Whether the ramp will be open much longer, ?????.
pete/pmr wrote:As for small ponds and marshes icing over,I am watching temps here and patterning birds,and it seems they are staying on larger bodies of water until mid day,and flying into corn fields,, and green fields,then hitting the smaller ponds that have opened up from the warm up of the day! But I am also seeing them on the rivers in slow backwaters that are not freezing up overnight! And I am seeing ducks sitting on the edge of the ice out in deeper water,obviously because the deeper water takes longer to freeze,but it provides little to no food! Except for divers! This is the tricky part of the year where the birds are bouncing from fields to rivers to big water,it is hard to get a good grasp on how to set up on them! Good luck for all those out there chasing them,and never give up!
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