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#469404 - 04/12/17 02:08 PM Spring duck migration
DrLuke Offline

Registered: 06/04/15
Posts: 160
Loc: Grinnell, IA
Just curious what ducks other folks are seeing on their ponds this spring? Here are a few that have visited my pond in south central Iowa:
Northern shoveler aka spoonbill

Lesser Scaup aka bluebill

Wood Duck pair

Ring necked duck
If at first you don't succeed, try a different jig...

#469405 - 04/12/17 02:47 PM Re: Spring duck migration [Re: DrLuke]
N.TexasHalfAcre Offline

Registered: 02/07/17
Posts: 127
Loc: North Texas
We have had a pair of Mallards pretty much living at our place for the last month or so. Also had a few Ring Necks. Not much else.
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#469406 - 04/12/17 03:02 PM Re: Spring duck migration [Re: DrLuke]
Bill D. Offline

Registered: 10/19/14
Posts: 5024
Loc: Boone County Illinois
So far,

Lots of Mallards
Hooded Megansers
Lots of Woodies
Blue winged Teals
Lesser Scaups


Great Egret
Belted Kingfishers

and of course!

Lots of GBH
Lots and lots and lots of geese frown

You'll never know what ya can catch unless you wet a line!

#469408 - 04/12/17 03:19 PM Re: Spring duck migration [Re: DrLuke]
DrLuke Offline

Registered: 06/04/15
Posts: 160
Loc: Grinnell, IA
I've also had several pairs of blue wing teal, as well as mallards.
We've also seen 3 hooded merganser hens for the past few weeks, and I'm hoping they will make use of one of my wood duck boxes.

I was watching one of the hen mergansers feeding and was surprised to see her gulping down bullfrog tadpoles! I have heard/read/learned on the forum that fish really don't eat them due to a natural toxin in their skin, but evidently fish ducks don't mind. And since my pond has ga-zillions of them, win-win..
If at first you don't succeed, try a different jig...

#469409 - 04/12/17 03:27 PM Re: Spring duck migration [Re: DrLuke]
canyoncreek Offline

Registered: 05/07/13
Posts: 1371
Loc: West Michigan
Lone pair of mallard duck. Female must have nested nearby as male just keeps a watchful eye and does circles in the pond. Fortunately our dog leaves them alone but has learned to run off the Canada geese that keep trying to take over the pond.

last year had a wood duck pair and was hoping so we would see one this year but no such luck.

#469696 - 04/16/17 12:54 PM Re: Spring duck migration [Re: DrLuke]
bryani289swmi Offline
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Registered: 11/18/08
Posts: 99
Loc: SW Michigan
So far we have seen:

Green winged teal
Blue winged teal
Canadian geese
Sandhill cranes

I'm sure we've missed some but that's the list so far. Thanks.


Edited by bryani289swmi (04/16/17 12:55 PM)

#470232 - 04/23/17 12:24 PM Re: Spring duck migration [Re: DrLuke]
Yoopermc Offline

Registered: 03/02/17
Posts: 10
Loc: Iron mountain Mi.
Hey all I live in Michigan's upper peninsula so far the waterfowl we have seen include. A nesting pair of mallards a nesting pair of wood ducks a nesting pair of hooded mergansers in one of my wood duck boxes. Today for the first time since we bought the place over a year ago a pair of giant Canadian geese.


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