I love this time of year: the squeals, whistles and squeaks of the morning wood ducks zipping through the canopy, the potential for a great day in the field and the opportunity for a great waterfowl season to come. I don’t know about you, but this recharges my batteries.
To state the obvious, we’ve had some weather blow through during the last couple of days. Duck Creek received 4 inches of rain and much cooler temperatures. This definitely added some water to the landscape and brought some new birds into the region.
Although the contractors are still out in units A and B working, the recent rain will definitely slow them down a bit. Until they call it quits, we will not be able to put any parties out there. Even then, I suspect the success to be limited. The dirt work prevented any vegetation management directed towards providing waterfowl foods. To date, there have been very little waterfowl us even with various pockets of water showing.
The Castor River didn’t get up high enough to overtop the levees at Dark Cypress, but the rain definitely added some additional sheet-water to the area. The river did get up high enough for us to use the new Cato structure for the first time in two years. We opened the gate yesterday and are directing water down Ditch 111 and are diverting it in Pool 1. It is a pleasant site to see Castor water rolling down the ditch towards Duck Creek.
Since we have already flooded Pool 2 and much of Pool 3, any water we capture will help us recharge Pool 1. In the next few weeks, we’ll release this newly captured water to begin to flood Pool 8. As the season goes on and more rains follow, we’ll repeat the drill and incrementally refill Pool 1. In a sense, you could say these rains will help recharge Duck Creek’s batteries.
Well, that is all for now. Good luck this weekend and stay safe.