Birds of a feather

Hey, we thought they flocked together, but this juvenile swan joining Canada geese at Beaver Creek Reservoir in Crozet apparently didn't get that memo. The Wildlife Center in Waynesboro took a look at our grainy photo, and says it's either a tundra swan migrating through or a mute swan, which is an invasive species. Of the latter, says Wildlife's Leighann Cline, "They tend to show up where they're not wanted."

Photographed January 20.


I have it on good authority that this is a juvenile Tundra Swan.

Some birds seem to "cast out" members, who then have to try to join in with other groups.