November 18th, 2018
I stopped by a clearcut in the Buffalo River Bottoms in Humphrey’s County
tonight to look for Woodcocks at a location where we previously had them. I
didn’t have any luck with woodcocks but I was surprised to have thousands
of ducks flying over from dusk until well after dark.
I spent the next 30 minutes counting groups of waterfowl with my binocs
after it was too dark to see with the naked eye, and identifying them by
their calls. There were approximately 1200 per minute passing over for a
while. I estimated 16000 total ducks split fairly evenly between Gadwalls,
Mallards and Wigeons with a few aythya sp. thrown in.
This is over 10 miles from any real water and we never get waterfowl
here. I’m pretty sure they weren’t headed towards any roost area. I think
they were migrating South.
Ruben Stoll, Centerville Tennessee