The report is out, but the news is mixed. The yearly trends in duck breeding populations conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Canadian Wildlife Service came out with the proverbial good news/bad news alternatives. The good news first: According to biologists in the eastern survey area, habitat conditions were good to excellent, thanks to adequate water and relatively mild spring temperatures. The bad news? Population estimates of six waterfowl species were below 2004 levels. American black ducks were down 24 percent, mallards down 36 percent, green-winged teal down 46 percent, ring-necked ducks down 30 percent, goldeneyes down 5 percent and mergansers down 25 percent from 2004 estimates. The numbers on eiders, scoters and long-tailed sea ducks were not released in this report.