Atlantic Waterfowl Migration Reports

January 24, 2013

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Name: Mike Bard

Date: January 22, 2013

Location: Syracuse, NY

Weather: A severe cold front has moved into the area bringing lows in the single digits for this week.

Snow Cover: 4-12 inches locally with deeper snow just to the north

Water Conditions: Small ponds are frozen, while bays are getting ice on them. Overall water levels are up from the previous melt.

Feeding Conditions: Poor – shallow waters are frozen and snow and ice cover most fields.

Species and Numbers: Limited numbers of Canada geese, various divers and mallards/black ducks on larger bodies of water.

Migrations: No notable movements

Season Stage: Closed

Hunting Report: No reports

Gossip: Snow goose season has been closed due to a state error in the season setting. It will not re-open until the conservation season begins March 11th.


Name: Arliss Reed

Date: 1/21/13

Location: Albany, NY

Weather: COLD

Snow Cover: Light

Water Conditions: Frozen

Feeding Conditions: N/A

Species and Numbers: Most everything has left, few black ducks and geese kicking around.

Migrations: None

Season Stage: Regular seasons over.

Hunting Report: Not for a while.

Gossip: Its cold, let’s go ice fishing!


Name: Sean M. Fritzges

Date: 21 January 2013

Location: Harford Co, MD

Weather: COLD!!

Snow Cover: Dusting.

Water Conditions: Local ponds are now beginning to freeze. Tidal water still open although shallow coves are now also beginning to freeze. Bay levels, normal.

Feeding Conditions: Cut corn and soybean fields.

Species and Numbers: Canada goose numbers are good.

Migrations: Lots of new birds in our area. Cold air up north has them continuing to feed on our farms.

Season Stage: Last week of AP season.

Hunting Report: We’ve had an excellent season. I can honestly report we have not been skunked on our farm all season, looking very much forward to the final week.

Gossip: For the final week, cold air is forecasted. Hopefully we have a few inches of snow to accommodate us. The new Pro-Grade geese are amazing! I’m very excited to see what s in store for next season!!


Name: Jeffrey A Kreit

Date: 1/22/13

Location: Baltimore MD

Weather: Cold. Highs in the teens.

Snow Cover: N/A

Water Conditions: Lakes and ponds full.

Feeding Conditions: Geese are going to corn with cold weather.

Species and Numbers: Geese

Migrations: Will be seeing new birds from PA.

Season Stage: Last week of AP.

Hunting Report: Geese have been flying in the PM.

Gossip: Stay all day and you will kill limits.


Name: Marshall Starkey

Date: 1/20/13

Location: Essex, MD

Weather: Warmer temperatures of this past weekend will give way to the strongest cold front of the year. Mid-week forecast of highs in the 20s and lows in the teens.

Snow Cover: None

Water Conditions: Average to above average

Feeding Conditions: Cut agricultural fields and various marshes and impoundments.

Species and Numbers: Very good numbers of Canada geese and snow geese in the upper shore counties. I would venture to say that there are more Canada geese on the upper shore in areas right now that outnumber what we had at any point of the season last year. A very good concentration of birds around Centerville and from Chestertown north to Kennedyville.

Migrations: There hasn’t been any new pushes of geese into the area, just some of the geese we have moving into different areas of the Upper Shore.

Season Stage: The last split of waterfowl is open. This is the part of the year that will make or break your season. Seasons stay open until the end of January.

Hunting Report: Canada goose hunting slowed some this past week with the warmer temperatures locked in the past week. A major cold front is forecast for this week which should push the geese into a more constant feeding pattern.


Name: Bryn Witmier

Date: 1/23/2012

Location: Strausstown, PA

Weather: Cold. Temperatures were in the single digits this morning. The strong wind is keeping most ponds are still open but won’t be after tonight. Highs won’t get above freezing until next week.

Snow Cover: None
Water Conditions: Most everything will be frozen before the end of the week,

Feeding Conditions: No snow cover but the ground is hard as a rock.

Species and Numbers: Canada goose numbers remain strong. Some birds may be on their way out soon. A few locally concentrated groups of snow geese around.

Migrations: None that I can tell. Canada geese have been bouncing around quite a bit making it hard to tell if these birds are new or not.

Season Stage: Canada goose season closes on Saturday.

Hunting Report: Inconsistent weather last week has had birds feeding patterns all messed up. They would feed at different times and jump fields daily. Best plan is to make a day of things and wait the birds out. They will definitely be sleeping in this cold weather.

Gossip: Time to close out the season strong!


Name: Kevin Addy

Date: January 21, 2013

Location: Reading, PA

Weather: Highs in the 30’s and lows in the teens

Snow Cover: None.

Water Conditions: Levels are normal

Feeding Conditions: Winter wheat, corn, beans, and grass are available.

Species and Numbers The Canada numbers appear to be up a little but I think it’s just due to them moving around with the weather. The duck numbers have remained the same although the cold weather will have them concentrated.

Migrations: Not much observed..

Season Stage: Ducks closed the 15th of Jan followed by AP geese on the 25th.

Hunting Report: The hunting has been decent and the cold weather that just arrived should make it real good.

Gossip: Only a few days of AP Canadas left.