DU’s Bill Monroe filed his latest migration report for the Pacific Northwest in advance of duck season, and thanks to spring rainfall and snowmelt, the outlook for the 2016 waterfowl season in Washington, Oregon and Idaho is glowing:
Waterfowl biologists returning from last week’s Pacific Flyway meeting in Sun Valley, Idaho, radiated even more optimism than usual for the openings of duck and goose seasons across Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.
“Phenomenal” was the key word used by those who’ve seen early reports of nesting, migration, and bird numbers.
According to Bill, birds are flush across the tri-state region with more arriving daily.
Which may explain high early numbers of pintails and wigeon in coastal Washington and Oregon; cackling geese in central Washington and Oregon; snow geese and whitefronts at Skagit Flats and the Fraser River Delta; snows in Idaho and at Summer Lake in Oregon; rafts of wigeon, teal, and some mallards along the Columbia River from the Tri-Cities to Portland; and desert marshes choked with migrating ducks across southeast Oregon into southern Idaho.
For a larger breakdown, read Bill’s latest report.