Thursday, February 2nd, 2023
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First waterfowl count shows low duck, goose numbers

Duck and goose counts in central and southern Illinois revealed
lower numbers than counts in previous years.

DNR conducted its first Southern Illinois aerial waterfowl
survey Tuesday.

The survey indicated just 4,050 ducks in the region, 2,390
Canada geese and 100 white fronts. A majority of the ducks were
mallards, gadwall and various dabblers.

Carlyle Lake was holding 1,800 ducks, followed by 650 at Union
County, 500 at Rend Lake, 450 at Mermet Lake, 250 at Crab Orchard,
200 at Horseshoe Lake, 150 at Pyramid State Park and 50 at Keck’s
Marsh.

The Du Quoin State Fairgrounds had 850 geese, following by Crab
Orchard 415, Pyramid State Park 300, Mermet Lake 250, Horseshoe
Lake 250, Burning Star Mine 200, Rend Lake 50, Ballard County (Ky.)
50, and Union County 25.

The white-fronts were split evenly between Rend Lake and Pyramid
State Park.

Meanwhile, this week’s aerial survey of west central Illinois
shows Canada goose numbers to be below average for October. The
total of 7,665 honkers is down from the 5-year average of
12,752.

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