The tundra swan is migratory and may travel from western Alaska to northern Georgia and back. Trumpeter swans do not migrate if they live in areas where streams and ponds remain ice free during the winter.Continue Reading
Tundra swans migrate south just before the coming of cold, snowy weather in winter and begin the return trip north as the ice melts. Their largest wintering area is around Chesapeake Bay, while western Alaska is a major breeding ground.
Trumpeter swans breed primarily in the northern Rockies but have been reintroduced in the Great Lakes region. Those that live in colder areas usually migrate to the northern Pacific Coast in winter. The only other swan in North America, the mute swan, is an introduced species from Europe and does not migrate.Learn more about Birds
Some blue jays migrate south in winter, and some do not. In fact, the same blue jays may migrate one winter and then not do so the following winter. Why they migrate when they do is a mystery. However, young blue jays may be more likely to migrate.Full Answer >
Fat is a great, high-calorie food for all kinds of birds, especially in winter, when other nutrient-dense food sources such as insects and berries are in short supply. Most garden supply and pet stores offer commercial suet cakes and fat balls for sale. However, it's less expensive to make them yourself.Full Answer >
Although both hummingbirds and Canadian geese migrate south for the winter, hummingbirds do not ride on the geese when traveling. The two species migrate at different times and to different locations, so traveling together is impossible.Full Answer >
Yellow finches, or American goldfinches, migrate south in the winter and follow a pattern where January temperatures are not colder than 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Research conducted by the Cornell Laboratory of Birds indicates that the finches' migration patterns are not consistent and may depend on weather and competition for food.Full Answer >