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Tundra Swans in Wood County

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    Posted: 14 Mar 2019 at 5:16pm
Not really rare other than by sheer volume... I had someone stop by the nature center in BG just now and they shared that there are thousands of Tundra Swans in the fields just north of Jerry City on State Rte. 281 between Solelether and Lembrecht Roads.  They said that they have been in these fields feeding on corn for the last two weeks and that the number of individuals is amazing!
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Yes, we saw 1500-2800 on 11 March Monday. Reported it Monday night, but it never showed up on the report. Might have been an error on my end because I had to sign up/in. The next morning they were not there.
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Just came back from a field trip to check out the swans for myself.  Yep... literally thousands in the fields near Solelether Road and Rte. 281.  It's quite a sight to see.  Also saw a male Harrier and an Meadowlark. 
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On January 7, 2019 I saw an estimated 4000 at the same intersection. On January 12th the flock was down to about 1000.
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Jeff and I also drove down to check out the swans (and also saw a meadowlark).  Besides the above mentioned location, we drove east on SR 281 then north on Huffman.  At the intersection with Mermil Rd. there was another large flock in the SW quadrant.  We went east on Mermil because we could see more swans to the NE.  There was another nice sized flock, but not as big as the other two, in the NE quadrant of Mermil and Vosburg.  We did not check any farther east, but there were no more flocks to the north.  Birds were flying back and forth between the different flocks.  We didn't count but it is by far the most Tundra Swans we've seen in one day.  Very impressive.  Guess it's only fitting they are hanging out near Cygnet.  Wink

We also saw our FOS Wood Ducks (7) in Rocky Ford Creek in Cygnet.

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