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Short-Stopping Ducks
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Salmoneye    Posted 02-23-2004 at 17:52:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
There has been a trend in the last couple decades for our Brethren (and Sistren) of the Southlands to accuse us Northerners and Yankees of 'Short-Stopping' waterfowl from their traditional southerly migrations to places as far south as LA and Central-America...

Following are a couple of pictures taken at Sundown today not 5 miles from my house...We have one of the continents largest freshwater lakes not a mile from the house, but it is completely frozen from shore to shore and all the way into Canada...Once the open lake is closed off to the waterfowl, they congregate at any open water they can find...

The first pic is of a long Covered-Bridge with a house in the background...Very hard to see, but the warm spring-fed water surrounding the bridge is covered with somewhere over 500 Blacks and Mallards...The 2nd pic is a bit better for detail, but still does the site no justice...

Our high temp today was just around 20 degrees...Doubt anyone is moving farther north for a few weeks yet...

Les    Posted 02-23-2004 at 17:57:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's the same around here. The past couple weeks, I have driven past a place in the Suncook River south of Concord that is practically black with ducks on the open part of the river.
And today I heard starlings for the first time this year. They are some nasty birds.

Salmoneye    Posted 02-23-2004 at 18:07:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have been reveling in the sound of the Male Cardinals for a few weeks...They never leave anymore as long as they have food, but when they start to 'sing' I know it is time to get my sappin stuff ready...

Danged if I didn't see about 100 'millers' last week too...Cold and millers?...

Something aint right I tell ya...

Now...When the TimberDoodles start their mating dance, I will know it is time to clean my buckets...

Dang...I shoulda paid better attention when I had the chance 30 odd year ago...

Les    Posted 02-23-2004 at 18:11:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have timberdoodles that do their dance right out here in my apple orchard every year. I love to hear and watch them.

Jessie    Posted 02-24-2004 at 03:49:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What's a timberdoodle? Is it a snipe?

Salmoneye    Posted 02-24-2004 at 03:52:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
American Woodcock...Locally known as a TimberDoodle...

Jessie    Posted 02-24-2004 at 05:07:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
OK, in Georgia they call them Jack Snipes.

Me too...    Posted 02-23-2004 at 18:16:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Most I ever put a spot to, were 5 breeding pairs that nested...That was 2 years ago...

Last year was weird...Had one pair nest and about 7 males dancing without a reply...

I have an impromptu 'party' every year on a warm evening when I know the males will be doing their thing...I explain to people about it, but they just do not get it till they see and hear the male...One of the most incredible displys of flying prowess and one darn loud call...How they return to the exact spot the take off from will always amaze me....



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