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Oak Hammock Migration Count

Discussion in 'Canadian Hunters Forum' started by RAININDUCKS, Oct 4, 2015.


    RAININDUCKS Refuge Member

    Mar 20, 2004
    Just wondering if anyone knows how to get to the migration count. Our group from Illinois was in the area last week and the bird numbers seemed rather low at the beginning of the week. However, as the week went on it seemed liked the area was picking up more birds. Our hunting started out slow but by weeks end it was nothing short of spectacular. We stopped by the Interpretive Centre as we do every year to buy some souvenir's and the lady at the front desk thought they have not done any counts yet. Anyway, thanks again Canada and the Canadian people. Hope to see them again next year.
  2. Chris Benson

    Chris Benson Elite Refuge Member

    Jan 24, 2002
    Waterfowl count did happen last week, but as you'll read below the numbers did not accurately represent the number of waterfowl at Oak Hammock. That said, we had a massive cold front sweep in yesterday with 100km north winds, from my drive into work this morning at Oak Hammock the number of Canadas and snows has increased, I would imagine duck numbers have also increased.

    Posted on October 9, 2015

    The numbers are in… well almost.
    We did our first waterfowl count this morning but the results do not reflect the numbers of ducks and geese we have at the marsh. The thick fog made it that we could hear a lot more birds than we actually saw.

    We met in the parking lot of the Interpretive Centre at 6:30 a.m. under a beautiful starry dark sky. We had a glimpse at Orion and the Pleiades. A thin crescent moon was rising in the east surrounded by bright Venus, Jupiter and Mars and we even saw some northern lights activity in the north. After determining our counting location around the marsh, we set out to take position and wait for the sunrise. This is usually the time the birds are leaving the marsh in large numbers to go feed in the surrounding fields.
    Unfortunately for us, this is also the time the fog started to roll in. As the day was breaking we could hear the agitation building up in the marsh. The honking and quacking were growing louder but we could also some fog patches getting larger by the minute. At one point, it felt like we were in a cloud! Needless to say, it was impossible to count birds. We caught a few glimpse of winged creatures moving in the fog but no real numbers could be tallied.
    By 9 a.m. we had less than a thousand birds recorded but as the fog was dissipating, we could finally see the birds we had been hearing for the past two hours. Some had not left the marsh yet and were just getting started to leave. We counted approximately 13,000 Canada geese, 1000 Snow geese and 10,300 ducks. Even though we managed to count these late birds these numbers do not reflect the large numbers of ducks and geese that use the marsh at this time of the year. I’m hoping that next week’s count will give us a better idea.

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