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Old 11-28-2014, 06:06 PM   #1
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Not sure when it started, but caught the last ten minutes of flock after flock of Canadas high and headed south over central Tama County this afternoon between 3:45PM and 4PM. Several thousand birds passed during that timeframe.

Reminded me more of a flight day during the Spring migration, or what the flight looked like coming into Horicon every October that I lived on the edge of the marsh.

A bunch of birds pulled out of somewhere today!
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there was a major push of darks yesterday, too. we saw 6 or 7 flocks yesterday a.m. while out chicken hunting. I saw another 3 flocks go over the house yesterday afternoon while outside working.
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As I was passing through near Webster City today I saw a decent sized flock of trumpeter swans (15-20) flying just a few feet off the deck. I had to stop and watch them, it's great to see them do this and maybe someday we will see them in much larger groups as they move about. Earlier this year, I saw another group of them fly over a location in Buena Vista county. I also noticed some movement today over towards Black Hawk County and saw two groups hunting in different fields. The Cedar just before the Evansdale exit was LOADED with geese in that patch of open water. Plenty of geese around, don't let the cold weather fool ya, they find a place or make one to stick around as long as they can get a good feed at some point during the day:-)
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The ones we have been hunting around here all left. Both roosts are froze over.
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Large bunches showing up on Cedar Mid morning, still open enough to get around on. But going down under six feet this PM. Seen couple good bunches of mallards this am. Decoys laying on bar to much slush floating to put them in water. Looking better for tomorrow AM. McKeon ramp opened up again this morning.
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As I was passing through near Webster City today I saw a decent sized flock of trumpeter swans (15-20) flying just a few feet off the deck. I had to stop and watch them, it's great to see them do this and maybe someday we will see them in much larger groups as they move about. Earlier this year, I saw another group of them fly over a location in Buena Vista county. I also noticed some movement today over towards Black Hawk County and saw two groups hunting in different fields. The Cedar just before the Evansdale exit was LOADED with geese in that patch of open water. Plenty of geese around, don't let the cold weather fool ya, they find a place or make one to stick around as long as they can get a good feed at some point during the day:-)
That's one of the biggest wintering areas for them that far north. I was hunting up there Thanksgiving a.m. and they were the only ones to fly in the a.m. It was way too cold for others to feed and too cold for us as well. -8° when we got set up. At 10:30 the night before low was to be 8 or 9. Still shoulda known better. Anyway there were close to 30 roosting there and that's pretty typical for several weeks.
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