Wild Swans Chase (NaBloPoMo Day 13)

We left our house around 9 am this morning to look for those migrating tundra swans. First stop was a wild life refuge near Winona (I don’t remember the name.) NO SWANS.

Leaving Winona, we soon spotted some swans in the river next to the highway. We took a U-turn and parked the car by the roadside and took a few photos.

Next stop: Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge. The lady told us someone had seen 400 swans two days ago, so we walked .3 miles (good thing it wasn’t too cold today) to the observation deck. NO SWANS.

That lady also told us Brownsville had thousands of them. After eating a quick lunch (and pick up some wines since WI’s wine tax is lower), we headed to Brownsville. No SWAN and NO SWAN! My husband finally said, “Two more miles, if we don’t see them, we are going home!” I agreed.

But, at the last minute, We saw them. Thousands of them!

They were LOUD! They were incredible! And it was getting colder and colder…

Maybe I will go back tomorrow. Maybe.

Thanks for visiting my blog.


About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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12 Responses to Wild Swans Chase (NaBloPoMo Day 13)

  1. Great photos and well worth driving to see!

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  2. Amy says:

    Woow, thousands of swans! That is spectacular.
    Great captures, Helen!!

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Amy. It is spectacular. I wish all my bird photographing friends were here! The lady said they will be here for almost a month. Hope we will have some warmer days!
      Have a great evening.


  3. Lady Oscar says:

    Swan Lake!! Is the princess there? ^^

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  4. neihtn2012 says:

    Thousands! I have only seen dozens at a time. Go back, and take more phtos.

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  5. Rupali says:

    OMG! When I read 400, it was Awe moment for me but when I read thousands, I can’t express the limit of my Awe. Lovely photos Helen. Take photos but enjoy those moments.

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    • Helen C says:

      It was fun! You almost want to jump in and play with them. Ha.
      Remembering to enjoy those moments is important. In this case, after the first 20 photos (30?), I began to enjoy and only shot when I saw something different.
      Have a wonderful day.


  6. Well done! Swans and wine 😃

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