Tundra Swan

(Cygnus columbianus)

Status: Migrant. Last recorded on site in 2021

The Patuxent web-site provides more general information about this species.
At this time of year, this species is rare on site.

Occurs as a rare migrant, usually in small numbers. They are usually seen on the larger open bodies of water of the eastern half of the lab. On Octber 31 of 1991, 21 birds were seen on Lake Law and five birds spent the next month roosting on Casey's Pond and feeding in the nearby corn fields. The spring of 2001 produced remarkably large numbers of this species; 39 were seen on March 5 along Eola Rd and another 11 on March 18 on Main ring Lake, with smaller numbers persisting at various locations site between and after these sightings. Approx. 40 Tundra Swans were on the ice of Main Ring Lake Jan. 27, 2016.

Photographer: Dan Johnson.