Waterfowl Migration

Realtree: “The X” – Stages of the Waterfowl Migration

The waterfowl migration can be summed by three distinct pushes of birds. The first being calendar ducks that move regardless of extreme weather during certain timeframes of the year. The second large push of waterfowl comes along the snow line. As snow stacks up, food sources get covered and birds are forced to push south for more readily available food. The final push of birds which will sometimes accompany the snow line, are the ice line birds. These birds typically hug the edge of the frozen water where they have available roost and loafing areas.