There still are some snows in ND as of this past weekend. The snow finally has melted as of last week. smaller potholes were open, and by Sunday many medium sized sloughs were open too.
I shot 39 in 3 mornings of hunting. Shooting was a real bitch at times because of so many Specks and the sun in the eyes in the AM as they came in from the East. So had to shoot mostly "white" birds as a result to aviod taking a speck. I sure woiuld have liked to bag more Blues. 5 Blues, 12 Ross, and the rest were Snows.
I do not think I ever had this ever happen before on Sunday--I had Snows, Blues, Ross, Specks and Greater Canadas All in the SAME flock in over the decoys
I do not mean individual flocks consisting of the above, I mean litterally in the same flock/group.
I've never seen so many Specks in eastern ND before.
On a surprising note, in the negative way, I saw few ducks. Sheet water everywhere, potholes with average water height and few ducks.
That does not bode well this coming falls flight. The biggest flock was 11 birds. very surpising I did not see rafts of diver, or Big flocks of Mallards/Pintials, Gaddies, etc..