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Old 03-09-2018, 06:37 PM
 
Location: SC
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A lake near my home and the walking paths around it are full of Ducks and Geese (if I had to post a number I'd say I see at least 50 a day).

But at 6PM it's rush hour. They all line up and fly out of sight. Next day I see many of the same ducks so I have to assume they don't go far.

I also know they don't fly up into the trees to sleep (or do they?), and I have never seen a field or body of water full of sleeping ducks.

So...

Where do they go? Has anyone ever come across them at night?
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Old 03-09-2018, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Here you go! Ducks After Dark

I used to hear Mallards splashing on a nearby pond after dark when I lived in upstate New York. It was cool to hear them out there, searching for food while us pesky humans and our pets were indoors FINALLY not bothering them.
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Old 03-09-2018, 07:19 PM
 
Location: SC
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Here you go! Ducks After Dark

I used to hear Mallards splashing on a nearby pond after dark when I lived in upstate New York. It was cool to hear them out there, searching for food while us pesky humans and our pets were indoors FINALLY not bothering them.
Thanks, good read. And I'm glad I'm not the only one to ask this question.
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Old 03-10-2018, 05:04 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Our ducks usually hang around the outside of their cages about two or three O'clock in the afternoon and want to go to bed! It's not quite that simple; they do have food and water and safety inside their enclosures. At night a fox or raccoon would kill everyone of them if they had a chance. Even if they only take one to eat; they still would kill any duck still moving. I suspect, with wild ducks, that the predators also play a major roll; maybe more so than that link points out.

We have one duck pond close to a small community not too far from our house. Many people feed the ducks on the little pond while they are waiting for a pizza. There are signs up to not feed the ducks which they ignore. Once the mating season starts in anther month or so; many of these ducks get killed on a busy highway close to the pond. The ducks walk across the highway in the dark and motorist simply cannot see them until it is too late. Even though I like ducks; I am guilty of hitting one of these dark rovers one time.

If the OP is ever up right before the sun comes up; try standing or sitting outside close to your duck pond. Many ducks will return as the sun first starts to rise. It is one of their key movement times.
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Old 03-10-2018, 12:08 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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This thread reminded me of a house I rented years ago near Kennewick, WA. It overlooked a large slough/marsh system. A big flock of Canada geese (like 20,000 depending on time of year) spent their nights on islands in this marsh. Every morning just about daylight something would either disturb the flock or they would rouse themselves and prepare for their morning commute out to surrounding pasture/wheat/corn fields. Their usual route took them directly over the house. First I'd hear murmuring and soft gabbling. Then it swelled into a full-throated honking uproar. Just about impossible to sleep through that. Next, as the flock crossed over the house, you heard the thunder of all those birds getting rid of their intestinal ballast. Sounded just like hail on the roof.
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Old 03-10-2018, 01:37 PM
 
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This thread reminded me of a house I rented years ago near Kennewick, WA. It overlooked a large slough/marsh system. A big flock of Canada geese (like 20,000 depending on time of year) spent their nights on islands in this marsh. Every morning just about daylight something would either disturb the flock or they would rouse themselves and prepare for their morning commute out to surrounding pasture/wheat/corn fields. Their usual route took them directly over the house. First I'd hear murmuring and soft gabbling. Then it swelled into a full-throated honking uproar. Just about impossible to sleep through that. Next, as the flock crossed over the house, you heard the thunder of all those birds getting rid of their intestinal ballast. Sounded just like hail on the roof.
I always thought that it was not wise to be directly under any major goose flight path! What amazed me about geese is that I rarely see them eat enough to produce the tons of manure they excrete. It just seems as if it does not add up. Is there a possibility they are closet eaters?
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Old 03-10-2018, 01:45 PM
 
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I always though that it was not wise to be directly under any major goose flight path! What amazed me about geese is that I rarely see them eat enough to produce the tons of manure they excrete. It just seems as if it does not add up. Is there a possibility they are closet eaters?
LOL! They may not seem to eat a lot volume-wise, but they have to graze for the vast majority of time each day depending on what food it is at the time...if its grass, just about constant. If its grain, less often. We forget that much of what they eat is intended to maintain their overall body fat content, not just immediate hunger.
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Old 03-10-2018, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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To the NCAA tournament, after they beat the snot out of USC.


Sorry, wrong forum.
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Old 03-10-2018, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Here's where the (snow) geese go: the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge! 700,000 snow geese fill the sky at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy!

(My part of the world is called "flyover country" for a reason! Next up: Sandhill Cranes on the Platte!)

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Old 03-10-2018, 03:57 PM
 
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Here's where the (snow) geese go: the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge! 700,000 snow geese fill the sky at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy!

(My part of the world is called "flyover country" for a reason! Next up: Sandhill Cranes on the Platte!)
About 30 to 40 miles south of where we live these is a popular wintering spot for snow geese: Outdoors: Snow geese are back in the area | Bethlehem Press. We don't have 700,000; but we do get very large flocks.
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