A flock of northern pintail turn towards you, committed to landing near by. The sun is rising and its beams struggle to illuminate the surrounding wetland through the morning fog. This was a familiar scene this past January as flocks of pintails flew throughout the day. Sometimes the flocks had birds numbering in the hundreds which was incredible to see considering pintail numbers have substantially decreased from their historical averages. This year, however, due to excellent conditions on their northern breeding grounds, their numbers increased making it possible for people to commonly see stunning scenes like this.