This week’s western Pennsylvania waterfowl migration report from David Rearick, a member of the Avery Outdoors Pro-Stafff:
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Posted: December 14th, 2010
Posted: December 6th, 2010
This week’s waterfowl migration report for western Pennsylvania from David Rearick, an Avery Outdoors Pro-Staff member:
Date: Dec. 6
Weather: Finally it is beginning to feel more like winter.
Snow cover: Depending on the spot, upwards of 3-4 inches of white stuff is on the ground.
Water conditions: Slightly better after last week’s rain storms.
Feeding conditions: Good, but buried beneath the snow.
Species and numbers: Birds numbers are finally on the rise. New ducks, geese, and divers are in the area.
Migrations: There seems to be a much needed influx of birds across the board. Hopefully this trend will continue.
Season stage: Aside from goose season, the duck season is in full swing.
Hunting report: Hunting has picked up. New birds and better wind has made better success for those that have hunted.
Gossip: It seems there is a buzz in the air that stretches over most of western Pennsylvania. While the numbers aren’t at their peak, the new birds have been offering hunters something to chase after an otherwise slow start. Now the goal is to keep the birds here and the water open.
Posted: November 29th, 2010
Hunters’ attention has turned toward deer, which might be a good thing — waterfowl conditions and numbers in western Pennsylvania aren’t prime, according to this week’s report from Avery Outdoors Pro-Staff member David Rearick:
Date: Nov. 29
Weather: Cold nights, moderate days of sunshine.
Snow cover: A dusting over the weekend.
Water conditions: Low.
Feeding conditions: Feeding conditions are still good, not much has changed in the last few weeks.
Species and numbers: Low numbers of both ducks and geese.
Migrations: Aside from last week’s Tundra swan migration, there has been little activity.
Season stage: Most all season are currently open, with goose season closing for a few weeks of deer season.
Hunting report: Despite good weather over the weekend with wind from the west, hunting is still slow. I had high hopes for bird movement during our hunt on Lake Erie on Saturday, and there was very little to speak of. Not sure where the birds are, but they better think about making and a appearance shortly before we are frozen solid.
Gossip: There are some reports of new birds over in Ohio, but in Pennsylvania things are still very slow and birds number are as low as I have seen them in some time. Across the board many hunters are having slow days with a few good hunts when the birds are found feeding. No one has seen it this slow in quite some time from what I am hearing.
Posted: November 23rd, 2010
This week’s northwestern Pennsylvania waterfowl migration report from David Rearick, an Avery Outdoors Pro-Staff member:
Posted: November 8th, 2010
This week’s northwestern Pennsylvania waterfowl migration report from David Rearick, Pro-Staff member of Avery Outdoors.
Posted: November 3rd, 2010
Some of the finest wildlife art you’ll see each year is turned in for competition in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Federal Duck Stamp program. Sales of duck stamps at $15 each raise some $25 million annually, according to the USFWS.
Minnesota artists took the top two spots in the October contest for the stamp that will go on sale in June 2011.
Posted: November 2nd, 2010
This week’s northwestern Pennsylvania waterfowl migration report from David Rearick, a member of the Avery Outdoors Pro-Staff:
Posted: October 26th, 2010
This week’s waterfowl migration report for western Pennsylvania from Avery Outdoors Pro-Staff member David Rearick:
Posted: October 12th, 2010
This week’s waterfowl migration report from David Rearick, a pro-staff member with Avery Outdoors.
Date: Oct. 11
Weather: Sunny and hot
Water conditions: Slightly above average due to a marathon of rain showers and thunderstorms.
Feeding conditions: Good, plenty of cut crops and tones of freshly submerged vegetation.
Species and numbers: Fair numbers of resident ducks and geese.
Migrations: Very little activity on the migration front at this time, which is normal for this time of the year.
Season stage: Early duck season just opened up.
Hunting report: Ducks were in their normal hiding areas for the opener. The smattering of teal, woodies and mallards appear to be the only common ingredients in a day’s bag.
Gossip: There are birds to be found, but nothing significant to report for the most part at this time. Batting the mosquitoes for space on the water seems to be normal for the early duck season when temperatures are unseasonably high.
Posted: September 30th, 2010
David Rearick, a member of the pro staff at Avery Outdoors, has been filing waterfowl migration reports to the Erie Times-News and www.GoErie.com for a few years now. Whether you’re a hunter watching patterns develop or a birder keeping an eye on movement, Rearick’s weekly reports are a great way to stay up to date.
The first report of the season: