Wetlands Good; Ducks Average

Written by Jean-Michel DeVink
Monday, May 20, 2013

Photo of Jean-Michel DeVink.All our ground effort today is focused on one transect southeast of Saskatoon in some of the best nesting habitat in the province. Here we have rolling hills with more permanent ponds that almost always hold water. There also are lots of pasture and hay lands in the Allan Hills, which provide good nesting cover and usually mean lots of ducks. Wetland conditions were good today, but total indicated ducks were only about average along the transect. This area is usually a great region for divers, but there were fewer scaup, redheads and canvasbacks on the transect than in the last two years. One thing that we did notice was an abundance of snipe. After this transect, two of our crews are headed west to get into Kindersley country to finish up a couple transects before we start to head North.

A Common Snipe perched on a fence post calls to all potential competitors, indicating that this is his territory.

A Common Snipe perched on a fence post calls to all potential competitors, indicating that this is his territory. Photo by Jean-Michel DeVink, CWS