Alittle Late.....but Spring Has Sprung!

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Project by Iris43 posted 03-18-2011 07:12 PM 2335 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year I posted pictures of the Return of The Swans on March 12th. Earlier this week I checked out the bog but there no swans. Yesterday I read about their arrival. So today a friend and I decided to take our cameras and go to look for them again. And we found them!


Many of the pictures I am sharing with you were taken by my friend, Marj, (with her permission). Thanks, Marj.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 03-18-2011 08:56 PM

Beautifully elegant. Isn’t nature wonderful?

Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed seeing these magnificent creatures.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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posted 03-18-2011 09:52 PM

Every spring, I look forward to seeing the swans….....and so do so many other people. There was a good crowd of ‘birders’ with their scopes and binoculars as well as lots of cameras aimed at the tundra swans today. This wknd should be prime viewing for anyone wanting to take in this spectacle.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 03-18-2011 10:02 PM

wonderful photos!
We’ve had several flocks fly overhead and there are a couple “puddles” of water in nearby fields which have been the host to a few stop overs.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 03-19-2011 08:50 AM

Wow what an awesome sight they are.Loved the pictures Iris.I’ve never seen so many at one time before.

-- Bon,Hastings, 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 03-19-2011 01:58 PM

wonderous! lovely shots. Me thinks you are quite the photographer ;) How do they stay so white? ha.

-- bee with what is...:) soob

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posted 03-20-2011 04:49 AM

Great photos, your friend is indeed a good photographer, it is always good to see birds in flight, the ultimate in freedom.

-- David, Adelaide South Australia. Every day I wake up breathing is a good day!

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posted 03-21-2011 11:02 AM

oh, how beautiful!!

I love swans, they are the the Symbol (emblem) of the late King of Bavaria (Schloss Neuschwanstein), my home country :-)

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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posted 03-21-2011 01:09 PM

Those are fantastic photos Iris. The birds look so elegant. Both of you are splendid photographers.


-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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posted 03-21-2011 04:33 PM

Thank you everyone. I wish you all could experience the swans in numbers that are here now. I’m glad you each have enjoyed the pictures.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 03-23-2011 10:27 PM

What a beautiful sight. Nature has a beauty that has no rival. Great photos by the way.

-- Donnie in sunny South Carolina

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posted 03-24-2011 11:00 AM

You mentioned that the swans usually show up around mid March. I was wondering if this is a date that you expect them to show, do you anticipate them in mid March? The reason I ask is that here the Swallows and Hummingbirds have consistently shown up around the 15th to the 19 th of March every year. Regular as clockwork. Except for this year. I have many bird houses for the swallows, but not a one has shown up in the sky yet. And I have only one or two Hummers; not even enough to cause a fight.

I think perhaps the severe weather in California this year has altered the flights of the birds. Both types come up from Mexico and the Southern States and migrate all the way up to Alaska.

-- Margaret, Eagle Creek, Oregon. A garden is never finished.

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posted 03-24-2011 11:40 AM

Margaret, the swans are expected and looked for so much so that the area has a ‘Return of the Swans’ celebration. They (the swans)arrive about the same time as the schools March Break, so the nearby Lambton Heritage Museum has special presentations and activities to involve the whole family in celebration of the swans.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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