This morning was the first time I took Rio, my Springer Spaniel, for a walk to Hunter’s Farm Park near sunrise. We generally go between 10 and noon, but since I start work with Phone Skope today, we had to get out earlier. There was definitely a difference in bird activity between sunrise and noon, for sure. Birds were just starting to wake up and begin foraging. What really piqued my interest though, was the number of birds taking “morning” flight. This isn’t a typical morning flight, but rather a morning flight to foraging locations or even migratory flights. Birds in the air this morning included Red-winged Blackbird, European Starling, Canada Goose, and much to my surprise, Tundra Swan! I’m hoping to get out early a few more times this week to get a peek at other species taking this flight. Here are a couple photos of the Tundra Swans flying over, heading southeast.
There was a post to DE-Birds this afternoon requesting reports of Brant and Tundra Swans in the state of Delaware. Details below.
The Division of Fish and Wildlife is seeking reports of Brant and Tundra Swans.
For Brant, we are looking for locations where the birds are easily visible so that staff can get accurate counts of individual birds as well as determine age and sex.
For tundra swans, we are interested in specific locations and numbers of swans, especially when the group totals more than 20 birds.
Please send these reports to Jesse Baird at Charles.Baird@state.de.us
Thanks for any assistance you can provide!