Monday, March 22, 2010

Tundra Swans and Blackbirds

Thousands of Tundra Swans rest in ponds near Alymer Ontario in mid to late March during their northern migration. I visited the area for the first time last year and wrote about it here.

I stopped by again last Friday and took this 45 second video clip to capture the sound of the birds. (The video has vanished twice, so I will just post the link to my YouTube upload). There are four platforms available which provide good views of birds.

Meanwhile, closer to home, the blackbirds have returned in large numbers including the cocky Common Grackles. I like their attitude and swagger and that bright yellow eye.


  1. Funny, but... I'm always so glad to see the grackles return... for a while, at least.


  2. I enjoyed these pictures.In spring even those birds which are less desirable at the feeders,are a welcome sight.

  3. And the seasons, they go round and round.

  4. Black and white--love it! I've never seen so many swans all together in one place. I see blackbirds everywhere, it seems--they are quite the ubiquitous bird. They hang out on light standards of grocery store parking lots looking for crumbs people drop as they eat their snack before they even leave the parking lot!

  5. I loved hearing those Tundra Swans.
    Grackles, not so much though....


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