By Rob Spangler, USFWS pilot biologist
, Western Dakotas and Eastern Montana
Today, we met up with our excellent ground crew (waterfowl biologists Pam Garrettson and Brent West) and went out to look at a dozen wetlands in the area. We found that pairing had progressed well. There was nearly a 50:50 ratio of mallard pairs to single drakes, and a 35:65 ratio for blue-winged teal, northern shoveler and gadwall. Overall there were a few flocked drakes for all species and few large groups of birds. It looks like things are ready and the weather is holding so we are planning to start our first transects tomorrow morning at sunrise.
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