Illinois Outdoors at PrairiestateOutdoors.com
RulesIllinois Outdoors at PrairiestateOutdoors.com

Prairie State Outdoors Categories

Top Story :: Opinion :: Illinois Outdoor News :: Fishing News :: Hunting News :: Birding News :: Nature Stories :: Miscellaneous News :: Fishing :: Big Fish Fridays :: Big Fish Stories :: State Fishing Reports :: Other Fishing Reports :: Fishing Tips, Tactics & Tales :: Where to Fish :: Fishing Calendar :: Hunting :: Hunting Reports :: Hunting Tips, Tactics & Tales :: Where to Hunt :: Tales from the Timber :: Turkey Tales :: Hunting Calendar :: Big Game Stories :: Nature and Birding :: Birding Bits :: Nature Newsbits :: Critter Corner :: Birding Calendar :: Stargazing :: In the Wild :: Miscellaneous Reports and Shorts :: Links :: Hunting Links :: Birding Links :: Video ::

Big Buck Stories

1960s :: 1980s :: 1991-92 :: 1992-93 :: 1993-94 :: 1994-95 :: 1995-96 :: 1997-98 :: 1998-99 :: 1999-2000 :: 2000-01 :: 2001-02 :: 2003-04 :: 2004-05 :: 2005-06 :: 2006-07 :: 2007-08 :: 2008-09 :: 2009-10 :: 2010-11 :: 2011-12 :: 2012-13 ::

Scattershooting

Flathead's Picture of the Week :: Big bucks :: Birdwatching :: Cougars :: Dogs :: Critters :: Fishing :: Asian carp :: Bass :: Catfish :: Crappie :: Ice :: Muskie :: Humor :: Hunting :: Deer :: Ducks :: Geese :: Turkey :: Upland game :: Misc. :: Mushrooms :: Open Blog Thursday :: Picture A Day 2010 :: Plants and trees :: Politics :: Prairie :: Scattershooting :: Tales from the Trail Cams :: Wild Things ::


Print
Illinois hunting and fishing

Green-winged teal have been the most numerous ducks on Lake Chautauqua recently. Photos by Chris Young.

Duck numbers continue to climb at Lake Chautauqua

November 19, 2011 at 09:10 PM

The State Journal-Register

Ducks, mostly green-winged teal, were feeding furiously at the Chautauqua National WIldlife Refuge near Havana this week as if they were in a race with one another.

“I think a lot of it is that real fine nutsedge seed,” said Lee Albright, manager of the Illinois National Wildlife and Fish Refuges Complex. “And they may be finding some invertebrates, too.”

Birds were so intent on feeding that it seemed unlikely they would notice visitors watching them.

Illinois hunting and fishing

Illinois hunting and fishing

Ducks feed (above) and a juvenile bald eagle patrols for injured birds.

But bald eagles and other birds of prey in the area were intent on keeping the ducks on the alert.

Eagles routinely swooped low enough to make the ducks take flight.

The aerial survey conducted Nov.15 by Aaron Yetter of the Illinois Natural History Survey found 16,700 green-winged teal, 5,700 gadwall and 6,710 mallards.

Illinois hunting and fishing

Mallards feed around clumps of nutsedge, wetland plants that produce seed for migrating waterfowl.

The total number of ducks using Chautauqua was 31,360, up from about 12,000 two weeks ago and way up from 1,400 ducks on both the north and south pools of Lake Chautauqua last year at this time.

Illinois hunting and fishing

Ducks take flight from the north pool of Lake Chautauqua.

“Green-winged teal like it when the water is so shallow that they can stand up - just an inch or two deep with lots of vegetation,” said Randy Smith, a waterfowl biologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey. “That is just prefect for them.”

Smith’s office at the Forbes Biological Station is just across Quiver Creek from Lake Chautauqua.

While the teal are hanging around to take advantage of available food, other early migrating ducks like pintails are moving out.

About 1,100 pintails were left.

Overall the Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge and Emiquon National Refuge managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service together with The Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon Preserve were holding 86,355 ducks.

That’s more than half of all the 159,645 ducks counted at 16 sites on the Lower Mississippi River Valley south of Peoria.

Your CommentsComments :: Terms :: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Comment Area Pool Rules

  1. Read our Terms of Service.
  2. You must be a member. :: Register here :: Log In
  3. Keep it clean.
  4. Stay on topic.
  5. Be civil, honest and accurate.
  6. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Log In

Register as a new member

Next entry: Rockford editorial: Sharpshooters best solution for deer control in forest preserves

Previous entry: Deer season good for business

Log Out

RSS & Atom Feeds

Prairie State Outdoors
PSO on Facebook
Promote Your Page Too

News Archives

May 2019
S M T W T F S
      1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31  
Copyright © 2007-2014 GateHouse Media, Inc.
Some Rights Reserved
Original content available for non-commercial use
under a Creative Commons license, except where noted.
Creative Commons