We already know from the results of the Christmas Bird Count that a few migratory birds decided to hang around Slave Lake well into the winter. On Jan. 3, one of them was still there, unwilling or perhaps unable to head south with the rest of its species. According to Nicole Krikun, assistant bander at the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory, it’s a tundra swan. Krikun says large water birds are not as strongly driven to migrate as songbirds are, and can survive just fine as long as there is open water. It could stick around the whole winter and then hook up with the first flock of swans it sees returning in the spring.