These beautiful Trumpeter Swans have been hanging around Crane Lake all summer. They’ve been going between two beaver ponds that aren’t very far from each other. I understand that Trumpeter Swans are flightless for a couple months as they molt their flight feathers and grow new ones. They will seek out remote bodies of water when they are at this stage. There have been several sightings this summer of other Swans in remote ponds way back in the woods. This pair of Swans are in the beaver pond right by the Voyageur statue on the main road. The other pond where they have been seen is right off the Nelson Road.
I’m not sure if they tried nesting and their nest failed or if they are a non-breeding pair. As I did some research into their breeding habits, I found that Trumpeters do nest in beaver ponds and will build their nests on top of a beaver lodge. The Crane Lake area has tons of beaver ponds such as this, and most are very secluded. To me it would be a perfect place to raise some cynets – the driftwood would provide the perfect cover for young swans trying to stay out of a predator’s talons.