The large white Tundra Swans stand out in the marsh as they slowly swim in the calm blue waters; dozens of Canada Geese and Mallards move more quickly in search of food.
Tundra and Trumpeter Swans are commonly seen in winter months along the Lake Erie marshes in both Michigan and Ohio, where I do much of my birdwatching.
But for some reason, few Tundra Swans have been reported in Michigan this winter season.
Since Tundra Swans like shallow water to dip into and forage for food, some birdwatchers have wondered if high water levels on the Great Lakes may be a reason.
For my birdwatching, these are my first Tundra Swans of the year.