Watching the ducks and geese migrate south is one of my favorite winter sights on the farm. Thousands of Specklebelly Geese, Snow Geese, Mallards, Pintails, and many others species make their home in the Mississippi Delta during the winter months. This migration is exciting for everyone in the area, especially the hunters. The geese and ducks feed in the flooded rice, corn, and soybean fields. In fact, farmers often flood their fields to provide a habitat for the waterfowl. In return, the birds provide many natural benefits to the farmer. Ducks and geese eat weed seeds, serving as a natural form of weed control, and they provide natural fertilizer for the soil. It’s actually quite a symbiotic relationship.
As the ducks and geese begin migrating to the area in November, excitement literally fills the air. The squawking chorus of birds can be heard for long distances and even through the walls of our house. At the first sound of flocks flying overhead, our boys run to the windows and porches to watch the birds landing in the fields surrounding our home. Running toward a field of geese and watching them take flight is a favorite pastime of our boys. Last year we watched in amazement as the birds paid us a neighborly visit and spent the morning feeding in our driveway and flowerbeds.
Sometimes when the geese fly overhead they are thick enough to block out the sky. As the geese land, they resemble a funnel cloud of birds. The video below shows a large flock of geese settling in our fields. This flock is actually small compared to some that I have seen. If you are ever driving through the Delta in the winter months be sure to keep your eyes peeled for this amazing sight.
To learn more about the rice that these birds help us to grow, please visit us at Delta Blues Rice.
This article is a great resource for people wanting to know more about the waterfowl passing through our area and how farmers and ducks benefit one another.
Here is a picture that we took today of the geese just outside of our yard.