Tundra Swans are moving through Great Salt Lake's ecosystem by the tens of...
I was walking my daughter's dog near sunset one afternoon a couple Sundays ago when the distant cries of fans at a ball game wafted to me: "Who-whoo! Oo-ooo! Who!" This was an excited group, cheering constantly, their cries overlapping.
Wait a minute. A ball game ... on Sunday ... in Utah? Not likely. Then, a thought struck: Look up.
A 'V' of tundra swans was winging so high overhead I could barely discern their long necks against the steely sky, but their distinctive voices gave them away. The sound carries for miles and it's the reason the species used to be called the whistling swan. It sounds like the bird is forcing a high-pitched keening through its nose.