Waterfowl Migration Reports — Atlantic

Avery Outdoors takes a look at waterfowl migration reports.


Name:Eric Bartlett


Location:Hollis, Maine

Weather:Sunny with temps around 60.

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Cool water conditions that have elevated due to recent heavy rain.

Feeding Conditions: Many puddle ducks hit the flooded fields and wet holes that filled up due to the heavy rain that changed up the feed.

Species and Numbers:  15 wood ducks, 30 green heads, and about 50 Canada geese.

 Migrations: We are still in the split with another week to go. Some birds are pushing through, but due to the warm weather they seem to have held up to some degree

Hunting Report: Predominantly scouting right now and keeping an eye on where they might be in a week.

Gossip:With the opener of deer season set for next Saturday the waterways will be a little freer for the ducks to tuck in. Good luck to the hunters in orange and their quest for a deer.


Name:Arliss Reed


Location:Esperance, NY

Weather:Seasonal to cooler than normal.

Snow Cover:N/A

Water Conditions:Average

Feeding Conditions:Geese are mostly in cut corn and ducks are in wetlands and swamps.

Species and Numbers:Lots of Canada geese around.  Duck numbers are starting to increase

Migrations:More Canada geese have shown up recently.

Season stage:Early duck is closed, regular goose season is open.

Hunting Report:Went out Saturday with my Ducks Unlimited committee and shot a 7 person limit of geese.


Name: Mike Bard      

Date:October 28, 2014

Location:Montezuma, NY

Weather:Mostly cloudy, unseasonably warm and rainy.

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Low

Feeding Conditions: Good and improving

Species and Numbers:Canada geese are in excellent numbers while duck numbers are growing.  Still mainly ‘little’ duck species – teal, wigeon, gadwall, etc.

Migrations:Geese continue to move in and out, while small groups of ducks are migrating.

Season Stage:Early

Hunting Report: A lot of goose hunting success since it opened Saturday while ducks have been hit or miss.



Name:Sean M. Fritzges

Date:28 Oct 14

Location:Bel Air, MD

Weather:Cooling, winds from NW.

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Tides normal on Chesapeake Bay.

Feeding Conditions: Canada geese feeding in cut corn and soybean fields.

Species and Numbers:Numbers good and rising.

Migrations:Migration has begun as birds are now working their way south.

Season Stage:Saturday before Thanksgiving goose season opens.

Hunting Report: Most of my crew is deer hunting at this time, no duck hunting.

Gossip:Looking forward to the season.


Name:Kenny Gray

Date:October 27, 2014

Location:Chestertown, MD         

Weather:Seasonal, but the temperature is dropping and it is finally starting to feel like hunting season.

Snow Cover: None at this time.

Water Conditions: Average –Good. Local ponds are holding water, but not filled to the brim. 

Feeding Conditions: Most birds are still feeding on cut corn with winter wheat as a cover crop. 

Species and Numbers:Good numbers are Canadas, puddle duck numbers are down but building, no snows or divers to date. 

Migrations:The big waves of last week have slowed to a trickle but there still appear to be new birds arriving daily. 

Season Stage:Seasons are currently closed; another couple weeks and everything will be in full swing.

Hunting Report:  With waterfowl currently closed, sites are set on a nice mature whitetail for the wall and freezer.


Name:  Marshall Starkey


Location:Essex, MD

Weather:Seasonal weather turning much cooler at the weeks end.

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Average

Feeding Conditions: Cut agricultural fields and impoundments that have recently flooded are holding birds.

Species and Numbers:Canada goose numbers continue to inch up.

Migrations:There was a fairly large push of new geese at the end of last week. I expect the numbers to build this week.

Season Stage:AP Canada goose season is about a month away.

Hunting Report: Deer hunters are reporting more chasing activity as the pre rut is in the early stages.

Gossip:Have a great week!


Name:John Taylor


Location: Quantico, MD

Weather:Cool, mid-60's sunny

Snow Cover:N/A

Water Conditions:Tidal, calm

Feeding Conditions:Good

Species and Numbers:Canada geese, maybe a few thousand.

Migrations:New and more geese showing up all the time.

Season Stage:Still early but steadily coming.

Hunting Report:Goose season isn't in yet.

Gossip:A lot of geese around for this time of the year. Looks like it's going to be another great season! Fingers crossed!


Name:Bryn Witmier


Location:Strausstown, PA

Weather:Near record high temperatures are forecast for today.  A near 40 degree change in high temps is on the way for this weekend.

Snow Cover:N/A

Water Conditions:  A little low.

Feeding Conditions:Good.  Fields continue to be harvested daily.

Species and Numbers:  Still a bunch of wood ducks around.  Canada goose numbers are strong.

Migrations:Canada geese continue to filter in and through the area.

Season Stage:All waterfowl seasons are closed until the middle of November in my area.

Hunting Report:Deer are starting to get antsy. A bunch of deer were harvested this past weekend. 

Gossip:The rut is almost upon us.


Name:Kevin Addy

Date:October 27, 2014

Location:Reading, PA      

Weather:Highs in the 70’s and lows in the 40’s.

Snow Cover: None 

Water Conditions: Levels are average maybe a little low. The water table seems to have absorbed the rains of last week.

Feeding Conditions:Corn and beans are starting to come down. The earlier harvested silage fields have cover crop. Plenty of acorns and moist soil plants along the ponds, rivers and streams. 

Species and Numbers:The Canada numbers are up a little from last week and the ducks are about the same.

Migrations:The Canadas were moving south yesterday but not in the numbers like the week before.

Season Stage:North zone duck and RP geese are open now. The south zone duck and AP goose season open on the 15th.

Hunting Report: This was one of the better duck seasons we’ve had in while. I think everything is behind schedule which had some numbers left in PA.

Gossip:  Most are back to deer hunting while waiting for the AP to open.


Name:Richard Foley


Location:Fairfield, NC

Weather:The temperatures are remaining stagnate, hovering around the 70 degree mark for a high. However, there is cold front forecasted for this weekend. Temperatures should plummet 20 degrees. 

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Rain is forecasted this upcoming weekend. This could possibly raise water levels.

Feeding Conditions: Birds are feeding early to mid-morning as of now. They will piddle around after finished. They are rather lackadaisical due to the mild weather.

Species and Numbers:They are beginning to rise. The most prominent species, obviously, are your warmer weather ducks or first migrators. These include: green-winged and blue-winged teal, shovelers, wigeon. No huge numbers, but they are on the rise.

Migrations:No decisive pushes, but with this upcoming cold front, it would be hard not to believe that a good push of birds will make their migration down.

Season Stage:Season begins in under two weeks!!!

Hunting Report: None

Gossip:Snow is forecasted for states to the north this coming weekend! Bring on the birds!!


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