And We're Off!

Written by Phil Thorpe
Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Photo of Phil Thorpe.We flew our first survey lines today in southern Saskatchewan. There isn’t much temporary water, but the seasonal and semi-permanent wetlands had suitable water levels and ducks were counted in good numbers. All species were present and late migrants (i.e., gadwall, wigeon) were already in pairs and groups of 3-4 birds. We even saw a few Ruddy ducks, which tend to be late arrivers onto the breeding grounds.

From our point of view, it was a fantastic first day – the computers worked, winds were calm, lots of ducks to count, and no unexpected weather to contend with. I hope we have a lot more days like this!