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Tundra Swans

Cygnus columbianus
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Tundra swans are common visitors of Modoc NWR. The first migrants appear at the Refuge in late-October and early-November. Some of these visitors stay for the winter, while others rest for a short period and continue their southern flight to the Central Valley of California. Tundra swans spend the majority of their time in large wetland units at the Refuge, tipping up to forage on the submerged plants and roots of wetland vegetation. They are often accompanied by dabbling ducks, which wait for the swans to pull up vegetation that the ducks would otherwise be incapable of reaching. Late in the winter, the large bodied birds will often congregate and their warmth and movement will prevent small areas of water from freezing, which become important areas for ducks and geese to gather necessary resources. Tundra swans are beautiful birds and provide excellent wildlife viewing and photography opportunities.

Facts About Tundra Swans

Weight: 10-21 pounds 

Wingspan: 65-85 inches

Lifespan: Up to 20 years
Last Updated: Feb 07, 2013
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