I mentioned migrating cranes in a previous post, but for sheer numbers alone, nothing beats the migrating geese, ducks, and shorebirds that pass through the Prairie Pothole Region.
Check out this video I took in March.
I’ve been helping out Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge with their spring counts. Not only do they manage the refuge but countless Waterfowl Production Areas, acquired public lands or easements funded by Duck Stamps.
It’s hard to describe what it’s like to count thousands of birds as they flush within minutes and try to pick out species. Most are Canada Geese, Snow Geese, American White Pelicans, and Mallards, but many are shorebirds and other waterfowl such as: Northern Pintails, Ruddy Ducks, American Widgeons, Green-winged Teals, Lesser Scaups, Common Mergansers, Buffleheads, Common Goldeneye, and Northern Shovelers. Most are on their way up to Canada, but some remain in South Dakota for the summer.