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On the second day of Christmas our gift was 562 Tundra Swans that swirled in and took refuge along the west shore of Mono Lake. On December 27 at around 10:00 am holiday traffic marched past on 395, but no one took notice of the large, snow-like mounds in the water. Along a pullout between the brine shrimp plant and the Tioga Lodge you could see a bevy of Tundra Swans stretched out along the shoreline and hear their high-pitched hooting and yodeling. In the spotting scope I carefully counted 562. Tundra Swans occasionally stray into the Mono Basin this time of year but never in such numbers. A rare Mono Lake event to end the year!