Louisiana’s January Duck Count

January 2013 waterfowl estimates

Department of Wildlife and Fisheries waterfowl biologists conducted aerial surveys Jan. 11, 18 & 22 in the Southwest and Southeast coastal zones and Jan. 23 over the Cathoula Lake area and a special Jan. 13 survey for scaup. These survey numbers are compared with the November 2012, December 2012 and January 2012 survey estimates. Listed first are “dabbling” duck species, then “diving” duck species, then coots (poule d’eau).

* fewer than 1,000 of that species seen in survey area.

Species Southwest Southeast Catahoula Lake Totals

MALLARD 176,000 4,000 1,000 181,000

Dec. 2012 65,000 3,000 13,000 81,000

Nov. 2012 13,000 2,000 2,000 17,000

Jan. 2012 83,000 21,000 * 104,0000

MOTTLED DUCKS 28,000 23,000 ---- 51,000

Dec. 2012 26,000 27,000 * 53,000

Nov. 2012 26,000 18,000 ---- 44,000

Jan. 2012 28,000 38,000 ---- 66,000

GADWALL 468,000 274,000 1,000 743,000

Dec. 2012 450,000 298,000 10,000 758,000

Nov. 2012 421,000 225,000 7,000 653,000

Jan. 2012 389,000 469,000 * 858,000

WIGEON 7,000 4,000 * 11,000

Dec. 2012 18,000 4,000 2,000 24,000

Nov. 2012 19,000 3,000 * 22,000

Jan. 2012 6,000 15,000 * 21,000

GREENWING TEAL 389,000 193,000 * 495,000

Dec. 2012 184,000 52,000 19,000 255,000

Nov. 2012 169,000 78,000 6,000 253,000

Jan. 2012 271,000 224,000 * 495,000

BLUEWING TEAL 35,000 21,000 ---- 56,000

Dec. 2012 26,000 8,000 * 34,000

Nov. 2012 24,000 9,000 * 33,000

Jan. 2012 16,000 72,000 ---- 88,000

SHOVELER 384,000 17,000 * 401,000

Dec. 2012 125,000 2,000 3,000 130,000

Nov. 2012 64,000 10,000 7,000 81,000

Jan. 2012 309,000 20,000 * 329,000

PINTAIL 81,000 10,000 * 91,000

Dec. 2012 107,000 4,000 108,000 219,000

Nov. 2012 212,000 13,000 78,000 303,000

Jan. 2012 50,000 54,000 * 104,000

Species Southwest Southeast Catahoula Lake Totals

TOTAL DABBLERS 1,568,000 546,000 2,000 2,115,000

Dec. 2012 1,001,000 398,000 155,000 1,554,000

Nov. 2012 948,000 358,000 100,000 1,406,000

Jan. 2012 1,152,000 913,000 1,000 2,066,000

SCAUP 140,000 85,000 * 225,000

Dec. 2012 99,000 56,000 1,000 156,000

Nov. 2012 15,000 9,000 ----- 24,000

Jan. 2012 16,000 171,000 1,000 188,000

RINGNECKS 149,000 41,000 3,000 193,000

Dec. 2012 95,000 172,000 27,000 294,000

Nov. 2012 15,000 16,000 2,000 31,000

Jan. 2012 17,000 370,000 11,000 398,000

CANVASBACK 5,000 46,000 36,000 87,000

Dec. 2012 ---- 1,000 56,000 57,000

Nov. 2012 ---- ---- ---- ----

Jan. 2012 ---- 58,000 82,000 140,000

TOTAL DIVERS 294,000 172,000 39,000 505,000

Dec. 2012 194,000 229,000 84,000 507,000

Nov. 2012 30,000 25,000 2,000 33,000

Jan. 2012 33,000 599,000 94,000 726,000

TOTAL DUCKS 1,862,000 718,000 41,000 2,621,000

Dec. 2012 1,195,000 627,000 239,000 2,061,000

Nov. 2012 978,000 383,000 102,000 1,463,000

Jan. 2012 1,185,000 1,512,000 95,000 2,792,000

COOTS 298,000 508,000 * 806,000

Dec. 2012 379,000 424,000 6,000 809,000

Nov. 2012 397,000 158,000 * 555,000

Jan. 2012 833,000 994,000 18,000 1,845,000


Source: Waterfowl Study Group, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries