Kansas waterfowl reports for Nov. 27, 2020
Glen Elder Wildlife Area in northwest Kansas was seeing good waterfowl numbers this week, according to Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reports.
The wildlife area in Mitchell and Osborne counties reported 15,000 to 20,000 ducks — 12,000 to 15,000 of which were mallards — as well as 20,000 to 30,000 snow geese and between 1,000 and 3,000 Canada geese.
Cedar Bluff WA in Trego County as of Nov. 20 had 12,000 mallards, 2,200 wigeon and 1,000 gadwalls, with approximately 1,000 dark geese and 1,000 light geese.
Jamestown WA in Cloud, Jewell and Republic counties noted 5,000 to 7,000 mixed ducks, 1,000 dark geese and 15,000 snow geese as of Tuesday’s count, while Norton WA tallied 865 ducks, 1,254 snow geese and 157 Canada geese that day.
Lovewell Reservoir in Jewell counted about 3,550 mallards, 750 Canada geese, 900 light geese and 140 white-fronted geese on Wednesday, while Webster saw 3,000-4,000 ducks — mostly mallards —in addition to 300 Canada geese and 5,000 to 15,000 snows.
In the northeast, Clinton Reservoir in Douglas County is finally starting to see bird numbers rise. The Tuesday survey revealed 1,370 mallards, 1,175 Canada geese, 690 white-fronted geese and 140 light geese. Decent numbers of teal, pintail, wood ducks, bufflehead, mergansers, shovelers and coots also were counted.
At Perry WA in nearby Jefferson County, however, only 250 ducks were counted Tuesday.
In southeast Kansas, Neosho WA on Monday counted more than 30,000 mixed ducks — 80% mallards — along with 10,000-plus white-fronted geese, 20,000-plus snow geese and 1,000 Canada geese.
Montgomery County’s Elk City Reservoir had roughly 2,000 to 3,000 ducks and a couple thousand snow geese as of Wednesday,
The south-central part of the state is a bit beleaguered when it comes to waterfowl.
Council Grove’s prospects were severely limited, with just 250 ducks and no geese on Wednesday. El Dorado WA noted 400 ducks and 650 Canada geese using the reservoir that day.
Cheyenne Bottoms in the southwest region, however, counted 20,000 to 30,000 ducks, mostly pintails, greenwings, shovelers, gadwalls, a mix of divers and some mallards. Goose numbers are still pretty variable, from 10,000 to 50,000 geese daily as of Wednesday.