November 11, 2013 in Migration Updates
The mid-continental mallard population has begun to move down the Central & Mississippi Flyways. Mallard numbers in the Dakotas and northern Nebraska increased significantly over the past week, as well as numbers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and northeastern Iowa. Diver numbers in the Great Lakes region continued to rise from Lake Superior to western basin of Lake Erie.
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A quick glance at the NOAA snow cover map reveals the mystery behind our nation’s current migration status. Accumulative snowfall across the Canadian provinces has ignited the first push of mallards into the lower-forty eight states. While a number of storms did occur in the U.S over the past fourteen days, those storms occurred below the bulk of the mallard population and have since return to average/above average temperatures, which resulted in moving early migrants further south and very few northern birds to replace them.
While the first weeks of November are traditionally host of classic clipper systems that move ducks in massive numbers, the jet-stream has remained relatively flat this autumn season and predictions fro the coming week are more of the same. Read the rest of this entry →