March 16, 2017

Tundra swans, Rondeau Provincial Park, March 16, 2017

I came across a flock of over 1,000 tundra swans today just outside of Rondeau Provincial Park.
They were flying over the road making a cacophony of sound.

Many were flying low and just clearing a cedar hedge row. These are not cropped.
One still had dirt on its face from foraging in the corn stubble.

Cygnus columbianus
Based on banding records, the oldest known Tundra Swan was a female and at least 23 years, 7 months old when she was identified by her band in the wild, in Ohio. She had been banded in the same state.

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