2013 Migration started!

March 10 2013-between West Lorne and Glencoe, Ontario, 10:00 am, about 500 swans in several large flocks....

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Mar 27, 2013
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by: Anonymous

I returned yesterday to take more photos. While talking with one of your neighbors, the flock took off, and I missed a good shot! These birds were calling of course, and I now concur that they are most likely Tundras. Trumpeters are far noisier, plus sound much differently.
This means that this flock is way off course for the normal Tundra Swan migration route. It is possible that they will eventually nest in the more Eastern Arctic Coast, which will be a win/win for our wildlife diversity and population survival/expansion! Tried to post an image yesterday, but will have to "photochop" it down to under the max. 1 megabytes!
Please do send us your picture, our readers would love to see it!

Mar 26, 2013
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Bowmanville Tundra Swan sightings
by: Anonymous

They were most likely Tundras since we had well over 200 the week before. I live down there on the lake and have for over 20 years and this is the first time I've seen Tundras, let alone so many of them. Several locals saw them close enough to confirm that they are in fact Tundras. An amazing sight for sure.

Mar 25, 2013
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Follow up
by: Anonymous

Yesterday I drove around the Bowmanville West Marsh and noted many White Swans on the pond. Shot several photos with the 300mm lens and tried to further expand these on the desktop. They definitely not Mute Swans, but was not able to confirm whether they are Trumpeters, or Tundras. [not audible and very quiet amongst all the geese!]
Observed some juveniles by their Gray necks, too!
They are likely Trumpeters, since this location is far off the Tundra's normal migration pathway!
Can I post a photo on this site?
Yes, you sure can - if you scroll down our navigation bar on the left of our website, and click on "Waterfowl" and then select "Tundra Swans" and scroll down, you'll come to the place where you can write to us to tell us what you have seen, and there is a place where you can submit up to four pictures - which we would love to see!

Mar 21, 2013
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Mis-identification?
by: Anonymous

I live in Oshawa, and have seen some Trumpeter Swans that have bred locally, and over Wintered in both Oshawa and Whitby Harbors, plus the Cranberry Marsh and the 2nd Marsh. It is more difficult distinguish The Tundra Swans from the Trumpeter Swans until they start vocalizing! The Mute Swans are bigger and have the Red/Orangish markings on the head which sets them apart.
The MNR had a re-introduction program for the Trumpeters in the West Lynne/Cranberry Marsh area, but moved it up to the Wye Marsh due to egg predation by Turtles including the endangered Blandings Turtle in the Lake Ontario watershed.

Mar 18, 2013
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Tundra swans Bowmanville
by: Anonymous

I live on Lake Ontario in Bowmanville....this weekend we had over 200 Swans in our bay before they started moving east towards Newcastle....I have lived here over 20 years and have never seen so many. It was an amazing experience to see so many.

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