Snow and Ross geese are continuing to arrive in the Imperial Valley but high hopes that the last surge of storms would bring more ducks only resulted in our current duck population moving further south.
Ducks are so scarce that if the trend keeps up nothing will be left by Christmas time.
For the first time in history no ducks were taken at Wister on Thanksgiving Day. It doesn't get any worse than that.
On Thanksgiving all the women in our house were up at 3 a.m. to start the preparation of the grand meal, so I slipped out at first light to do some bird watching. I worked my way north along the east side of the Salton Sea spotting the continuing rare tri-colored egret along the dike between Young and Lindsey roads. Just before I reached Black Rock I spotted a peregrine falcon and osprey in the same tree. The osprey was eating a fish he had just caught.