On Tuesday May 9, 2017 I went hiking and paddling at the Pinery Provincial Park.
I hiked the Carolinian Trail and then I paddled along the river (south of the store and canoe rentals). While there I was able to see a Muskrat, Pileated Woodpecker, Green Heron, Sandpiper (not sure what species) and the highlight of the day was spending time observing a pair of Sandhill Cranes with two chicks. It was a great day to be in the park and enjoy my first paddle of the season!
For those who might be concerned please know that I shot these pictures with telephoto lens and I was careful not to get too close or disturb the Sandhill Cranes.
Join the winter birding fun with the annual Kettle Point / Pinery Provincial Park Christmas Bird Count. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to join one of several groups.
Dress warm and bring your binoculars to help benefit avian research and conservation.
When you are looking for something different to do this summer I would like to suggest an evening paddle along the old Ausable River channel in Pinery Provincial Park. It is one of the most enchanting and peaceful places in Southern Ontario. A river which is now only fed by springs, it slowly flows out to the “Cut”, an artificially constructed river channel which travels to Lake Huron.
As the sun begins to set, the calmness of the afternoon slowly changes as the river comes alive with animals and birds which have been resting during the day. Actually this is one of the best times to observe wildlife in the Pinery. Just as most people are preparing to enjoy an evening campfire, many birds and animals are attracted to the river to feed. (more…)