Tundra swans are migrating now over western Pennsylvania. They’re traveling 3,600 miles from Canada’s Northwest Territory and Alaska’s North Slope to Chesapeake Bay and eastern North Carolina.
Steve Gosser photographed this flock on November 12. I saw 60 at Moraine State Park on November 13.
The flocks are composed of families: mother, father and one or two youngsters. In the fall their trip takes about 12 weeks, a slower pace than their springtime return because their “kids” are young and need to rest longer.
Sometimes they’re hard to see. On an overcast day they’re white birds in a white sky so listen for their voices and look up.
Tundra swans are on the move.
(photo by Steve Gosser)