Date: 1/3/18 5:00 am From: Nate Dias (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Re: Mary's Pond at Bear Island freezing
This happens during these cold events - most or all brackish ricefield impoundments throughout coastal SC briefly froze a couple of times in the cold winters of the mid-1970s. And the winter after Hugo in 1989. And a few other times. When it happens the ducks move over into the salt marshes and bays and sounds. And the duck hunters who know what they are doing have a field day.
When they are frozen out of access to their preferred food sources for a few days, a lot of waterfowl head south - just as they do when they are frozen out of Maryland and other mid-Atlantic tidewater areas to push them down here.
- I am curious if Lake Mattamuskeet and some of the NC lakes are freezing - has anyone heard or seen?
Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC
On Tuesday, January 2, 2018, EASTMAN, CAROLINE <EASTMAN...> wrote:
> I visited Bear Island [SC] today. Mary's Pond was partially frozen, and > most of the ducks seen recently have moved elsewhere. I only saw a few > ducks today, fortunately including the Eurasian Widgeon hanging out with > some American Widgeon. Some of the ducks and gulls were having a hard time > trying to walk on the ice. There were a lot of ducks flying around, > probably looking for open water. The swans were doing ok, but I assume even > they may have to yield to the ice eventually. > > Caroline Eastman > Columbia SC >