....and I'm sure the other major staging grounds will look about the same for snow geese... They came here as usual, and left as usual, but I was referring mainly to the mallard population. I know that the PPR had record hatches, but north of there, where I am , and further north in the boreal, the production seems to have been a bust. Even where I am, and further south, these are the so-called "northern " birds that we all wait for, but I haven't seen . I was hoping that this weather would be pushing birds in, but with the marshes tightening up, they should be easier to find on the big open lakes and deeper marshes, but my scouting has not found anything of significance, and I have travelled from here to Swan River, into SK over to Kamsack and Canora, down to Yorkton, up and across to Rhein, back up on the west side of the ducks, across from Hudson Bay SK across to Barrows, then back up. 800+ km with careful glassing of horizon, fields and water. I certainly may have missed some big groups, but you would think I would see some birds, especially early in the morning and late in the evening. I can only give my own anecdotal evidence, but I would estimate that the mallards in, and through my area this season were down 90% or higher. I hunt and scout a lot, and I am not trying to be alarmist, rather I am curious as to why?