After the pintails had been retrieved and the remaining birds that were still floating on the water were in the boats, the sun came out from behind the clouds. As soon as that shift happened Phil was instantly telling everyone what to expect from the birds now, and how we needed to react when we saw birds in the air. Phil told us that as the sun came out and got higher into the sky, the birds would start to do the same. Flying high and looking for a safe place to land. We needed to make sure that as soon as we spotted birds, that we crouched down or sat as low as possible in the boats to stay hidden from the incoming birds, scoping out the spread from above.
Not more than a few minutes after Phil gave everyone the heads up on the changes with the duck patterns, more birds were circling overhead ready to come into the decoys. It was another flock of big mallards and as Phil had predicted they were at the highest point they had been all morning. But sure enough there was still no question where the birds wanted to be. Phil again gave a few coaxing calls to the ducks, as we all crouched down low.
With hardly any delay the birds turned and were headed towards the far edge of the decoys, then making their turn while getting lower and lower, they were right over top of us.