A sure sign that winter is coming can be known by where the tundra swans are migrated too. The swans seem to know where to go to avoid the winter weather. Alma, Wisconsin is a great place to go to see large numbers of the swans as they go from Canada to southern United States.
We went to see the tundra swans in Alma, Wisconsin this year but when we arrived the swans were not to be seen. So we kept on driving south along the Mississippi River to see if we cold spot them.
As we drove along we saw a tundra swan here and there along the river. Sometimes we saw as many as three for four hanging out together.
I guess we were late this year because we did not see any large flocks of the swans until we were almost at the Iowa border. Once near Iowa we found scores of the large beautiful white swans hanging out together on a small island in the middle of the river.
The tundra swans looked like a huge mound of snow as we approached them. Then we noticed the mound of snow was moving and we figured out they were what we were looking for.
Hundreds of tundra swans floated around together making a lovely picture of a natural occurrence that happens every autumn. They seems to get along with each other pretty well but once in awhile a fight would start but they never fought with each other for long and the opponents would go their separate ways.
Some of the swans were large white adults and some were light gray in color so they must have been young swans that were probably born this summer. The swans seemed to hang out together in family groups inside this very large flock of birds.
As we watched we noticed that every once in awhile some of the swans flew away making a loud noise as they departed. The swans squawked making a lot of noise all the time. Even though the swans made lots of noise we noticed that some of them tucked their heads under a wing in order to get some sleep. The noise did not seem to bother them.
Watching the tundra swans is an event that everyone should see at least once. Swans are such beautiful elegant animals. Seeing one swan is special but when you see a whole flock it is amazing. You can read more about the tundra swans at http://www.wingsoveralma.org/wildlifeviewingproject/almastundraswans.html.