Every year in late November, trumpeter swans decide to make a pit stop on Lake Magness in Heber Springs. At first, there are just a handful of them. By the end of March, the lake will have been visited by over a hundred of these huge, 30 lb birds with an 8-foot wingspan.
Magness is as far south as these swans ever go. They're more common in the Midwest and Alaska. They seem to like Heber Springs, though, and return every year.
The best time to see them is the evenings or the morning, but there are swans in the lake all the time. They normally wander around being swans during the day, but in the late afternoon and early in the morning, they are more apt to fly. A 30 pound bird in flight is an amazing site.