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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Trumpeter Swans

 These are tagged Trumpeter Swans that showed up several days ago. They were hangin’ out with the other swans and the geese and ducks yesterday when I grabbed this photo. So much for the myth that swans will drive other waterfowl out of the area! I read that they are the largest native waterfowl in North America, with wingspans as much as 7 1/2 ft. and heights as much as 4 ft.! Some weigh in at over 30 lbs.! The name comes from their trumpet-like call.

John Keesey

At least 6 tagged Trumpeter swans first appeared on Sweet Arrow Lake last spring on what seems to be a migration North.  It is believed that they either escaped or were released from a  preserve or private breeder.  Genuine wild Trumpeter Swans are not ordinarily seen in this area.