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Ducks arriving in Illinois River Valley right on schedule

November 01, 2012 at 01:19 PM

Prairie State Outdoors

Aerial surveys at 23 sites on the Illinois River show ducks arriving right on schedule, with numbers right in line with 10-year averages.

The Illinois Natural History Survey’s Aaron Yetter tallied 195,195 ducks, just a few thousand above the long-term average of 191,939.

This week’s survey, flown on Monday, was the first since Oct. 15.

Wind and rain had kept the flights grounded.

Ducks were fairly evenly distributed with the Emiquon/Spoon Bottoms area holding the most ducks - 31,715.

Other top spots were Jack Lake (22,500), Goose Lake (21,700), and Chautauqua (20,150).

On the Mississippi River, 142,640 ducks were counted at 16 sites, just above the 10-year average of 131,683.

Top sites were Swan Lake (66,780), Cannon Refuge (14,800) and Delair Refuge (14,100).

Swan Lake is located across the Illinois River from Pere Marquette State Park and is near the confluence with the Mississippi River.

Surveys can be found at http://www.bellrose.org/

 

 

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