Saturday greeted us with several inches of snow and temperatures in the mid-twenties. The gigantic flocks of blackbirds must have been startled by the sudden intrusion of winter and were flying past like cackling dark clouds, all headed southeast.
As the winds increased from the northwest, vees of Tundra Swans started going by in endless flocks, all riding he northwest winds, bound for their wintering grounds. Minnesota is definitely “flyover country” for swans, as they seem to just fly over us with little more than a wave. The tundra swan migration is the end of fall as we know it with few migrants to follow.