November has been such a spectacular month this year! So we have been trying to get out as much, even if not as far away, as we would like. But the Pineries is a pretty quick trip for those days when we can’t get an early start. We saw a small group of ten Tundra Swans in the fields and wondered if there were others in the area.
Driving around the fields, we started to notice other Tundra Swans and Canada Geese flying arriving and leaving, but they were nicely hidden deep in the field where it was impossible to get an estimate of their numbers. We also saw the first Horned Larks on the roads that we have seen this winter. I recall seeing them in the same area last year as well.
In the Pineries we didn’t have much luck spotting birds on the trails but did enjoy those that showed up at the feeding station near the visitors’ centre. While we were there we saw Tufted Titmice, Goldfinches, Purple Finches, Cardinals, Sparrows, Nuthatches and of course, Chickadees.