Thousands of swans and geese migrating from the frozen far north have touched down and chosen to winter at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, and local birding experts will host a guided tour of the area tomorrow morning.
Most of the birds are tundra swans, which breed in the arctic tundra and form long-term pair bonds, according to a press release from the Yolo Basin Foundation, which is organizing the tour. The swans can be identified by a yellow mark on their black beak just below their eyes.
The tour is mostly a driving tour on gravel roads with several stops and short walks. Anyone interested in joining the tour should meet a few minutes before 9 a.m. in Parking Lot A of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, at the west end of the Yolo Causeway bridge.
Organizers advise participants to bring binoculars, water and insect repellent. Docents will provide spotting scopes for better wildlife viewing. A $5 donation is suggested.
For more event information or further information on the Yolo Basin Foundation, visit yolobasin.org.
– Text by Jeremy Ogul
– Photo courtesy Dave Feliz