Photo taken by Cathy Bingham, Woodstock, ON
You know that spring has arrived in Oxford County when you can see Tundra Swans on the ponds created by the spring thaw in farm fields.
The swans arrive around the middle of March every year. They will likely stay in our area until conditions improve in the north, generally leaving the county no later than mid April.
Tundra Swans winter over along the Atlantic coast in the Chesapeake Bay region. They fly from the coast to Southern Ontario for a brief stop to feed and rest before they head north and eventually reach the breeding grounds on the Arctic tundra.
Their food source in the Arctic is aquatic vegetation and some grasses. While in Oxford County, they feed on leftover grain in the farm fields, tending to prefer corn.