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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Trumpeter Swan

I am in awe when I see such a majestic bird as the Trumpeter Swan.
A pair are nesting on a pond not far from the house, that's their artificial nest in the background. 

Trumpeter Swans are the largest waterfowl bird in North America.


                           
They have a wing span of eight feet.

In a standing position, they are approximately four feet high and weigh up to thirty pounds.

They have been known to live 29 years in the wild.  Can you imagine?

They can fly between 40-80 miles per hour.

They usually mate for life.


I'm hoping to go back and get pics of the pair together.  The mate was too far back in the pond for me to get a good picture.

And maybe I can get pics of the little ones when they hatch.

Hope you enjoyed my bird adventure.

11 comments:

  1. Nancy,

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures of all the wild animals and land around your house. It is truly beautiful!

    Michelle

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  2. Thank you for sharing your lovely photos. I had my own Trumpeter Swan miracle in your neck of the woods and it brought back wonderful memories... You can read about it here:
    http://www.windingvine.blogspot.com/2009/08/im-back.html
    I have always had a soft spot for Trumpeter Swans since reading "The Trumpet of the Swan" by E.B.White to my sons when they were little.
    Thanks again!
    Blessings, Patti

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  3. We don't have too many trumpeters now, the mute swans have come in and taking their territory. Love swans, they are so beautiful.

    Debbie

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  4. I always love your critter posts because you always have such wonderful pictures and lovely commentary! Thank you.

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  5. Beautiful, elegant bird. We have several swan families over here, all with little ones now, they are sooooo cute. The mums & dads are really protective though, don't come to close or you will find out how big such a bird really is! They will come after you!

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  6. An amazing bird and such a treat to see.
    I am fascinated by wildlife, lots of things I've never seen before.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Angela.x

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  7. Thanks for sharing. So enjoy your pictures.

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  8. Oh My Gosh!! What FANTASTIC pictures!! I didn't know a darn thing about Trumpeter Swans and I can't believe their wing span or how fast they fly or how long they live. They are sooo beautiful too! I think you are so very blessed to be able to see these wonderful birds in person - very, very cool!!! I hope you are able to see and get pictures of any babies they may have and share them with us. But if not, I THANK YOU for sharing these as well as telling a little about them - such exquisite, beautiful, beautiful birds!!!

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  9. Nancy, these birds are amazing.
    We have a wildlife sanctuary close to our home and each year we see severel "pairs" of Trumpeter Swans.
    I did not know they lived so long.
    Beautiful and elegant.
    Rose

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  10. I learned alot today about trumpeter swans-thank you. Gorgeous birds

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  11. I've never "met" a trumpeter swan in person so don't really know much about them. Your post was really informative with all the facts you included. Your photos are lovely but it's hard to tell their size so I was surprised to read how large they are. Eight feet is a HUGE wing span. It will be fun to see photos of their nest, eggs, hatchlings -- whatever photos you share of the wildlife in your area are always wonderful.

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