Can you believe I looked that up to see what a group of swans is called? In flight they are called a wedge, but we didn’t see them flying, we saw them grazing. We were looking for the bison known to inhabit these fields near our house in Eugene, OR, but the bison were in a back pasture way too far off to get a picture. Then we looked on the other side of the road and saw the swans. There was no place to pull over, but there was also no traffic, so we stopped in the middle of the road and took a few shots.
At first we were all excited because we thought they were Trumpeter Swans. But on closer inspection, we found they are Tundra Swans. In some of the pictures the yellow spot on the bill under the eye is visible, and that identifies them as Tundra Swans. They don’t all have the yellow mark but no Trumpeter Swans are so marked. Also, these swans are smaller than trumpeters but we were far enough away that it was difficult to determine the size. At any rate, we enjoyed seeing them.
Judy or John S., please tell me if I have made any mistakes here. I have SO MUCH to learn.
Across the road from the swans we saw this bad boy doing his job of keeping predators away from the sheep.
Handsome fella, eh?
There was just too much sunshine to stay indoors today, so our drive in the country was a welcome interlude. Last night the weather report said rain today but it has been absolutely gorgeous. Today the weather forecast show nothing but rain, wind, and more snow in the foothills and above for the next ten days. Maybe that forecast will be wrong too.
I was going to blog about our drive on the old Columbia River Gorge Highway, but today was so enjoyable, I just had to put that off for another day. We don’t have to go far in Eugene to see some wonderful sights. If it rains tomorrow, I will have plenty of time to write about our trip.
I leave you with this shot of a budding tree that I took when we stopped at the lake for a doggy walk. The color of the bud against the color of the sky was pretty amazing.
Just a quick shout-out to my grand nephew in Texas on the birth today of his 9 lb. 1 oz. baby boy, Brendon. Congrats Brian and Crystal on your new little bundle of joy.