When you arrive at work in the morning and hear a gentle cooing coming from the ponds, you know the Tundra Swans are there. We’ve had several over the weekend, and again this morning.
Tundra Swans (Cygnus columbianus) were once called Whistling Swans (North American) and Bewick’s Swans (Eurasian). Recent studies have caused ornithologists to lump these two together into a single species.
These aren’t the first swans I’ve seen this season. I saw a V go over on March 9th. This flock, though, was very distracting all day today. I even had to go out at lunch to take a picture!
I wonder if any of the swans in my picture above are the same as the ones that Dave Cooney shot last fall: