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    Default Winter and Bird Survival

    from what i can tell by the DOT cams, it looks like a heavy snow cover and cold temps in SD.
    how are the birds handling this prolonged stretch of snow cover?

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    I just left my cabin at Chamberlain. Most snow in ten or more years. With that said. The flock on our road is still healthy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reddog View Post
    I just left my cabin at Chamberlain. Most snow in ten or more years. With that said. The flock on our road is still healthy.
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    Fishing was decent

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    When you have this much snow, and prolonged extreme cold, the mortality rate is usually pretty high.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dakotazeb View Post
    When you have this much snow, and prolonged extreme cold, the mortality rate is usually pretty high.
    Definitely not the best beginning for a hoped for improvement in the bird crop next Fall.

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    Mpls Star tribune Outdoors section today had article about pheasants in SW Mn and that they are holding up well...Marshall, Worthington, Lac Qu Parle (spelling!)...I think those areas have had more snow and just as much cold as many parts of SD...the birds had easy picking into January, which isn't always the case when bad winters hurt the wildlife...doesn't mean it won't get worse, just isn't that dire at this point...I talk to a few farmers weekly, and one today told me about all the birds he sees anytime he is near cattails...go figure....

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    It rained for a couple hours around 5 AM this morning, and now it's snowing. Temps hanging right around 32. Hope the birds have a good place to stay dry. The next 10 days will be a roller coaster of weather events in NE South Dakota. SDViking

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    Drove from SF to Watertown then Hwy 20 to 281 up to Aberdeen Thursday and back the same way Friday. Saw quite a few birds, and deer, out looking for food. Only bad thing is that was probably all of the birds. Not many places to hide or hunker down left when the weather hits. My guess is it's having a very negative effect of the wildlife. Not to mention the amount of flooding that will be following all of this.

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    After this current storm I can't imagine that a lot of birds will survive. Yesterday eastern SD had an inch to an inch and a half of rain, then turned to freezing rain and more snow. Freezing rain today and more snow with winds 35-40 and gusts to 60. Not going to settle down until tomorrow. Lots of flooding going on. It's been a very cool winter in Arizona, but I'm so glad I wasn't back in SD this winter.
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    It has been a cool winter here too Zeb.

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