TRIM TIME. NDG&F Roadside Brood Counts are underway, and as hay fields and ditches start to come down with many farmers waiting until after the first of August to mow to protect young pheasants and other birds, we’re seeing broods en masse for the first time, and numbers are looking good. We talk about that and more in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: A hen pheasant patrols the edge of a mowed ditch near Bismarck. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 8/3 – Cue Buster Poindexter! Hi 96, Lo 60, Wind S@10.
Tomorrow: Sat 8/4 – Early Rain Chance. Hi 87, Lo 64, Wind NW@10.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:26AM Sunset: 9:12PM
Moonrise: 12:10AM Moonset 1:16PM
Overhead: 6:37AM Underfoot: 7:01PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (61% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 6:00-7:00AM. Take moon overhead with sunrise for a super start to the day in the Edge Hour.
FIRE IT UP. Waiting to mow ditches and other grassy areas until August 1 each year gives young upland birds a chance to mature and be able to fly out of harm’s way. With the historical average hatch date being June 20 or so in ND, this six-week span is enough time for young pheasants, grouse and partridge to get their wings under them, and they’re capable of short flights.
WHAT’S BUGGING YA? Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now. So are the chicks this season that depend on insects, as this summer has provided a bounty of bugs for young birds to eat. You should start seeing partially colored birds by the end of the month and into September, and the protein from all those slugs, beetles and spiders is what helps those feathers come in. It’s a world of difference from last summer.
HOPE FOR HENS. Did you know that one rooster can fertilize up to 30 hens if the population calls for it? The bigger the broods we see now, the more hens we’ll have going into fall and winter. Getting more buff-colored birds on the landscape keeps the rebound going!