Even through fog and low clouds shortened the northeast Louisiana aerial waterfowl survey this week, Larry Reynolds liked what he saw.

The state’s waterfowl leader was encouraged the number of ducks and geese he saw Wednesday, and noted that birds should continue moving into the state with each passing day.

“I think it’s changing as we speak,” Reynolds said. “But I was very happy with what I saw on Wednesday. You see that, and you say, ‘OK, some birds have moved down.’ Because I wasn’t feeling that after the November coastal survey.”

Reynolds said Catahoula Lake remains loaded with birds, and noted that he counted more than 100,000 ducks and more than 50,000 snow geese in the area around Bunkie and Grand Cote NWR. 

“Last year, the snow geese did not get into that Grand Cote area until January,” Reynolds said.

North from Catahoula Lake, he said he counted big groups of birds in flooded fields between near Ouchita WMA and on both sides of Bayou LaFourche. And from Bonita to Oak Grove in the northeast part of the state, Reynolds said they saw numerous flocks of 4-5,000 geese, and one that numbered more than 80,000 birds.

“It looks good for northeast Louisiana, and I think it’s evidence that more birds are migrating down here,” he said. “I think things are looking up.”