WHAT’S HATCHING? Pheasants, that’s what! Great reports are starting to come in around Bismarck of hatching birds, and broods from 3-10 skittery puffballs are being sighted. Get out on a dewy, calm morning and check the gravel in your area for the next generation of ringnecks! Enjoy one day of summerlike heat today, as a quick shift tonight will have us back in the 70s for a while, and storms may develop this evening, particularly in eastern ND.
(Featured Photo: A hen pheasant sails over ditch grasses toward a stand of fenceline pines. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
It’s a one-day heatwave as southerly gusts bring in a blast of warm air, only to be replaced 24 hours later with a Canadian cool-down which might spark scattered T-storms tonight.
Today: Tue 6/27 – Short-lived summer sizzle! Hi 92, Lo 54, Winds S @ 19 mph.
Tomorrow: Wed 6/28 – Aw, shift. Hi 76, Lo 61, Winds NW @ 20 mph.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 5:51AM Sunset: 9:41PM
Moonrise: 10:09AM Moonset: Fol. Day
Overhead: 5:22PM Underfoot: 4:55AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (17% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 5:00 – 6:00PM. Winds die off and start making their shift in the evening, and this yo-yo effect might have fish confused, but your best bet will be to be out just before the change in the weather with moon overhead, but make sure to watch for those storms which might roll through on the approaching front, particularly from the Jamestown Reservoir area and east.
MORE CHICKS. Another brood sighting rolls in to Dakota Edge Outdoors. This time, a group of eight chicks were spotted with mama hen NW of Bismarck on an old tar road on June 25. This means nesting in that area began approximately the last week of May, based on size and estimated hatch date. Keep those reports coming!
BULKING UP. Protein is the single biggest requirement of a pheasant chick’s diet this time of year, and delicacies like beetles, spiders and slugs help fuel their growing bodies. In a few weeks, as they approach adulthood, their diet will transition more to grains and seeds.
HIDE AWAY. Pheasant chicks benefit from combinations of tangly undergrowth and grass that protects them from airborne predators. A mixture of rearing grasses like brome, bluestem and other prairie grasses, along with alfalfa or certain clovers is a good option when planting CRP or other fields with wildlife habitat in mind.