Wednesday afternoon, hundreds of tundra swans nearly filled a section of the Allegheny River in Starbrick. John Fedak, president of the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology, said they would normally just fly over this area, but with the coming storm, they dropped in. Fedak said that he expects they will leave once the storm passes. The large flock of migrating birds stretched nearly half of the length of nearby Mead Island, resting on their journey from the Chesapeake Bay and the Carolina coastline to the Arctic for the breeding season. According to the Audubon Society, the average tundra swan weighs about 14 pounds and has a 66-inch wingspan.
Times Observer photo by Rob Andersen