With colder weather expected to move through the upper Northeast later this week, Reed is hoping the last three weeks of the season gets hot by getting cold. Heavy rains across the region have opened little potholes and flooded cornfields and ditches, which could draw and disperse birds. "But as long as it's down below freezing to tighten up the smaller stuff, we'll be good," Reed said. "Whenever I see temps forecasting into the 20s, I get excited." The rest of the flyway isn't so lucky, with temperatures expected to remain unseasonably warm. In the Chesapeake Bay area, so far this year, the waterfowling has been "not spectacular," said Jake McPherson, regional biologist for Ducks Unlimited covering Maryland, Delaware, and West Virginia.