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Spring Brings Swans to Shiocton, Wisconsin


For one week every spring, my tiny hometown of Shiocton, Wisconsin becomes a pitstop for flocks and flocks of majestic swans. Entire fields will be filled with these beautiful creatures for just a few fleeting days. I was beyond excited to see while I was driving today, that they are beginning to make their return.

I had not been home at the same time as the swans for..oooh.. about 10 years. And at that time, I did not have a camera, or even a phone with a camera to snap photos of these beauties. Alas, though, on today’s drive I had my camera in my bag and pulled over just in time to snap a few photos of the swans before they moved back in the field.

Granted, I have no hopes of becoming a wildlife photographer, and my zoom is not quite enough to capture these guys (they stay pretty far back in the fields), but I did want to share a few photos I was able to get. So, today’s post is just a “mini” blog post. I’m going to make sure I keep my camera on me at all times this week in case I get another opportunity. If anyone is interested I’ll put some swan photos at the end of next week’s blog posts if I stumble on any more swan-filled fields. 🙂









These are just a few non-swan photos I snapped too. 🙂

I wish I could say I had worn my favorite swan skirt for seeing the swans, but it’s back to being pretty yucky, rainy and cold here. Last week’s warm temps are nowhere to be found. So, I was back to boots and a sweater! But just for fun, here are a couple photos of my swan skirt. 🙂 I know these are technically black swans on my skirt (which I believe are only in Australia), but you still get the idea. Haha.

(Click here to see the first swan outfit post and click here to see the second.)


What does spring bring for your hometown? Does anyone else get swans passing through, too? Let me know in the comments!


swan migration in Shiocton, Wisconsin
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  1. Bryony Angell says:

    As you know, I am always on the look out for birds! We get Trumpeter and Tundra swans in our fields north of Seattle, as well as snow geese and other Arctic birds coming through on their way back north to breed. Your shots are really nice–you had great light! Keep up the bird watching!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Oh yes! I am always amazed by your posts! And I do have a lot to learn about birds…especially because there are so many incredible ones in our area of Wisconsin. And thank you so much, Bryony! 🙂

  2. wow, this is more swans than I’ve EVER seen before! And your skirt is so perfect for the occasion!


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you so much! And it’s funny because this only about a quarter of what we normally get…I’m thinking there will be more flocks coming this weekend! 🙂

  3. Oh wow, that is really beautiful that they come in waves like that. I’ve seen regular birds do that, but never swans. Good thing you had your camera! And I love that skirt!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you so much, Lili! I’m still shocked that swans migrate in such large groups like this (and they choose our area to stop in). I’m really glad I had my camera on me this time! 🙂

  4. Such a beautiful post. I love swans. Gemma x

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you so much, Gemma! Me too! 🙂

  5. Laurie Duncan says:

    Love the photos of the swans! I once saw some flying overhead, when we were walking in the park. They were amazing! 🙂

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you, Laurie! They are such incredible creatures. 🙂

  6. Johnna LaFaith says:

    How amazing is this?! I would love to see swans this way. Also, that skirt is so cute.

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      I was so excited I was finally able to see them again! And thank you so much, Johnna! 🙂

  7. Beautiful pictures! 🙂


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you, Julia! 🙂

  8. I love your pictures!!! This is such a cute post! Such a lovely skirt♥
    Selina | Selinas Inspiration

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you so much, Selina! 🙂

  9. AmandaBrezovsky says:

    Whoa, how amaizng is this?!? You’re so lucky to be able to see them. They really are majestic look and ypur sean skirt is so perfect for this. A few years back, we had two swans fly in to a lake nearby and stay for about 1 week. It was on the local news and people would drive by and try to get photos of them. Only 2 and it was a big deal haha!


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you so much, Amanda! Haha, that is funny…we sort of take it for granted that they are here every spring! I don’t even think these flocks of swans have made it on the local news (granted it would be hard to film them with the locations they choose to fly too, though).

  10. It’s so cool that you guys have so many swans.

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      This little town certainly has its perks! 🙂

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