Waterfowl Migration Reports — Atlantic

Avery Outdoors takes a look at waterfowl migration reports.

January 8, 2015


Name:  Kevin Addy

Date:January 6, 2015

Location:Reading, PA           

Weather:Lows in the teen’s and highs in the 20’s

Snow Cover: About 1-2”

Water Conditions: Levels are close to normal and small water is starting to freeze and the big water will follow with the cold front that just arrived...

Feeding Conditions: Good – Lots of corn, cover crop and beans available.

Species and Numbers:Mallards and blacks mainly with a few misc. .Ducks mixed in. Canada numbers are up one week and down the next. The snow numbers have been above average.

Migrations:Snows continue to move up and down the flyway depending on the weather. I think some of the Canada’s are doing the same thing.

Season Stage: Ducks will remain open until 1/15 and AP goose remains open until 1/26.

Hunting Report: Hunting has been pretty good but not easy. Every hunt requires scouting and a solid plan, which is different than most other years due to the birds not moving around much.

Gossip:The cold everyone wanted is here!


Name:  Russell Brzezinski


Location:Southwest Ontario

Weather:Overcast, cloudy, light rain.

Snow Cover:  N/A

Water Conditions:  Small bodies of water are Froze – hunting big water

Feeding Conditions:  N/A

Species and Numbers: Getting cold again has seemed to concentrate and maybe even more birds into the area. Fair amount of reds and cans moving about.  Large numbers of divers out on the big water. 

Migrations:Seemed like the Canada’s were on the move south as were the Swans.

Season Stage:  Late Season stage

Hunting Report: Huntingwas good, - just had to stick it out to limit out. 

Gossip:  Not many puddlers around, but I hear that there’s even more cans and reds in Lake St. Clair.


Name:  Sean M. Fritzges

Date:3 January 2015

Location:Bel Air, MD           

Weather:Unseasonably warm.

Snow Cover: None at this time. 

Water Conditions: Bay tide levels normal. No/very little ice. 

Feeding Conditions:  Canada geese feeding in cut corn and soybean fields. Geese also feeding in grass fields and grass around fresh water ponds, as the temps are not making geese travel, looking for other high protein food sources. 

Species and Numbers:  Canada geese numbers are increasing but still low in our area of northern MD.

Migrations: WHAT MIGRATION!!!

Season Stage: AP season second split began 16 December.

Gossip:We are experiencing unseasonably warm weather for early January. We need new birds and cold temps. That sums it up!! Cold weather forecasted for this week. Hopefully this will bring in new birds


Name:  Gerry Mazur

Date:January 6th, 2014

Location:Williston Ohio

Weather:Light snow cover with bitter cold for the next five days. Wind chills approaching 25 below zero.

Snow Cover: Mostly an inch in this area but a lot of blowing powder.

Water Conditions: Ice Ice Baby.

Feeding Conditions: Plenty of food in the fields even saw a farmer last week cutting corn.

Species and Numbers: Swans everywhere. Canada’s on one finger.

Migrations: Any time they would like to fly across the lake.

Season Stage:Ohio Lake Erie Marsh Zone and North Zone reopen for late goose, January 14th.

Hunting Report: Guys were scratching out a duck or two on the last weekend here of Jan. 4th.


Name:  Marshall Starkey


Location:Essex, MD

Weather: Warmer temps and rain at the beginning of this week will give way to some of the coldest temps seen this year on Wednesday and Thursday.

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 seem to have leveled off since Christmas week.

Migrations: Looked like plenty of new snow geese showed up last week.

Season Stage:The last split of the AP season is now open.

Hunting Report: Colder temps should help to get the birds onto a feeding pattern.

Gossip:Gunning picked up the end of last week for me.


Name:John Taylor

Date: 1-5-15

Location: Md. Eastern Shore

Weather: Cold, windy

Snow Cover: N/A

Water Conditions: tidal

Feeding Conditions: full moon, feeding in the afternoons to evenings

Species and Numbers: Canada Geese

Migrations: Lot of birds here now. Not seeing many new birds but with this cold front expecting some.

Season Stage: Been slower than usual but I think that it's getting ready to turn on!

Hunting Report: Mornings have been slow but the afternoons have been good.

Gossip: Not seeing many ducks but there are a lot of geese around.


Name:  J David Weidner


Location:New Jersey

Weather:65F on Sunday – need I state more?

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Excellent

Feeding Conditions: Good

Species and Numbers:Ducks

Migrations:  Nil

Season Stage:Late season

Hunting Report:  Situation may improve slightly for the north zone for the last week as a big artic cold front should push through – scouting yesterday revealed only few mallards, and what little ice we had has melted.  Canada geese are stale as month old bread.

Gossip:  None


Name:Bryn Witmier


Location:Strausstown, PA

Weather:COLD. Arctic blast this week.

Snow Cover:  An inch or two

Water Conditions:  Most non-flowing water will be tight by Thursday.

Feeding Conditions:  Good.  Plenty of feed in the fields.

Species and Numbers:  There have been a ton of snow geese around.  I don’t think they will be here by week’s end.  We lost some Canada’s too it seems.

Migrations:  Some geese pulling out.

Season Stage:Late

Hunting Report:  Good if you can get where birds want to be.  Things will be changing as ice locks up roosts and consolidates birds.

Gossip:  Should be a good end to the season.