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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Tundra Swans

Flying over our wheat stubble, we spotted 5 Tundra Swans who were heading to the big slough east of us!  It has been 6 months since the Tundra Swans flew overhead.  These graceful giants (Cygnus columbianus) do not nest in Alberta but they do migrate across our province to and from the Arctic.  If you are trying to spot the difference between the Tundra Swan and the Trumpeter Swan ... Tundra's have a yellow 'tear drop' in front of their eyes!  This small group is only a sign that the big migration is yet to come!

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