Yesterday, 11 Nov 2018, was a really big day for tundra swans in western Pennsylvania. Flyover sightings on PABIRDS included:
- Armstrong County: 78
- Beaver County: 58
- Butler County (3RBC outing): 260
- Lawrence County: 139
- Somerset/Bedford at the Allegheny Front Hawk Watch: 700+
- Venango County: 320
All the flocks were flying southeast, heading for their wintering grounds at Chesapeake Bay and eastern North Carolina.
At Moraine State Park, 13 of us searched the sky for tundra swans when we heard them overhead. The sky was so blue and they were flying so high that it was a real challenge to see them. Ultimately we counted four flocks totaling 260 birds. Here’s the flight call that cued us to look up.
Listen and look for tundra swans (Cygnus columbianus) early this week in western Pennsylvania. They usually pass through on or near Veterans’ Day. Yesterday they were right on time.
(photo by Steve Gosser)