November 10 2013 Wintering
Took a drive down to the south shore yesterday and went on a lovely little meander around. The weather wasn’t so great but again that has never stopped me before. I ended up near the Graves island provincial park which sadly was closed for the winter, you can see the bridge to it here. More surprisingly were the little birds that were floating around beside the bridge. They are Horned Grebes in their non-breeding plumage and for some reason their wintering grounds are along the coast here and along the pacific.. Their breeding grounds are up in the Arctic territories but on the western side around Alaska, Yukon and Northwest Territories.. I know the seas here are particularly productive and that in itself is a good reason to overwinter here.. but still it seems like a long distance to come to overwinter in Nova Scotia.. Though I suppose food is more important than weather..