Tundra Swans at Whitesbog, February 29, 2004

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The Outdoor Club of South Jersey did a hike around the historic cranberry bogs at Whitesbog today. There are tundra swans here every year from about the end of November until the beginning of March. They fly up north of the Arctic Circle for the summer, where they breed. Then they start the long trek south in the fall. Their winter range extends from southern New Jersey down into Virginia. We also say a painted turtle catching some rays, and a bald eagle flying way over us.

The tundra swans can be recognized by their white color and their straight necks. They make an odd sound, a little like a puppy yipping might make.