Swan update

Trumpeter Swan family

Trumpeter Swan family

The Trumpeter Swan family at the Voyageur Statue pond is doing well. People were concerned when they hadn’t seen the family for a couple weeks.

Trumpeter Swan and Cygnet

Trumpeter Swan and Cygnet

I think the parent Swans hid the little ones away for a while, they might have even moved to another pond. There are several beaver ponds and wetlands in the immediate area.

Trumpeter Swan and cygnet

Trumpeter Swan and cygnet

I counted 3 Cygnets this time. Previously there were 4 when they were first born. Either one baby didn’t make it, or it was staying well hidden so I couldn’t see it. But maybe because they might have lost a chick they became very secretive for a while until the Cygnets could grow up a little. While an Eagle would probably be able to take one now, it would be difficult because of their growing size. I estimate that the Cygnets now are about the same size as an adult Mallard Duck.

Trumpeter Swan Cygnet

Trumpeter Swan Cygnet

This photo shows how the Cygnet’s little pink bill is starting to turn black. David Allen Sibley, http://www.sibleyguides.com/about/the-sibley-guide-to-birds/ makes a special note in his field guide about the pink and black bills of the Juvenile Trumpeter and Tundra Swans. The Trumpeter will always have black at the base of its bill, while the Junvenile Tundra will have pink at the base of its bill, becoming black. 

Although, we would be hard pressed to see a Juvenile Tundra Swan here right now to compare the two, we’d have to wait until Fall migration and travel to western Minnesota to see the Tundra Swans when they migrate south from the Tundra.

(There’s a Wood Duck in this picture too. )

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