Tundra Swans near Hockley: March 2021

We usually only see Tundra Swans in early spring migration. Today I drove along rural farming roads east of Hockley hoping to see them.

Tundra Swans

Success!! These large swans are a medium-distance migrant. They migrate south from Arctic breeding grounds in mid-September. Birds breeding in western Alaska, move to estuaries from Vancouver Island to northern California and inland sites from southern Idaho to the southern Colorado River. Those breeding in eastern Alaska winter in the eastern Great Lakes and all along the East Coast, with the majority wintering in the coastal mid-Atlantic.

Their melancholy, clear singing with a hooting or barking quality makes it easy to find them.

Tundra Swans
Tundra Swans
Tundra Swans
Tundra Swans
Tundra Swans
Tundra Swans
Tundra Swans
Tundra Swans
Tundra Swans

Cedar Waxwings are nomads and can turn up in any month of the year. I had a large group today:

Cedar Waxwings
Cedar Waxwings
Cedar Waxwings

A Red-tailed Hawk was keeping an eye on them but they eventually ganged up on it forcing it to flee.

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

Other birds:

Canada Geese
Mourning Dove
Horned Lark
Common Grackle

Views in the area:

Hockley Church
Wild-cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)
Ash Borer results
Brown-lipped Snails
Corn remains
Red Maple (Acer rubra)
Sheep

MAILBOX

Hi Miles,

Such a wonderful development. 😊

America’s Bald Eagle Population Has Quadrupled !!

America’s Bald Eagle Population Has Quadrupled – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

NATURE POETRY

Once more, and yet once more,
Returning as before,
We see the bloom of birth
Make young again the earth.                     – Nora Perry (1831–96)

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Tundra Swans near Hockley: March 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Tundra Swans! They are beautiful. So there’s the Trumpeter Swan, the Mute Swan, and now–the Tundra Swan! Horned Lark? I don’t remember that one–and all the other birds, of course, so wonderful to see–even the poor Red-tailed Hawk that didn’t prevail this time. It’s great, getting to tour Ontario this way. Thanks, Miles!

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  2. rosemarie fischer

    wonderful pics,Miles!!! you really have a talent for capturing all these gorgeous birds. Also,I never saw so many snails so close together….neat. Thanks for keeping us in tune with nature.

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