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Trumpeter Swans in Muskoka

Trumpeter Swans in Muskoka

Trumpeter Swans

Three of these beautiful creatures have been hanging around the lake near the cottage for the last week or two.  I was able to sit on the dock and take a few photos as they meandered around the lake early one morning. They seemed to be very patient with me and waited for me to be properly set up and sitting quietly before coming closer for their moment of photos.  I was unaware that one could report sightings.  One of the swans had a tag attached with a number.  I was informed that sightings like this could be reported.

Sightings

If you do see Trumpeter Swans, here is a great website to report them.  The Tumpeter Swan Society

These swans were almost completely wiped off the face of the earth due to uncontrolled hunting by the Hudson’s Bay Company up to the 1800s.  In the early 1900s, Trumpeter Swans were surveyed to be less than 200.  By 1959, the numbers were up to around 2000.  Very cool.  They roam Ontario through Western Canada, north central United States … and Alaska.  In 2015 the count was in the neighbourhood of 63,000. Not bad. 

The Trumpeter Swan Society has tons of information and a section for reporting sightings.  These reports help them keep track and ensure the birds’ survival. 

If you are not sure what type of swan you are looking at, there is a pretty good description of the three types found in Canada and the USA on the website above.  The Trumpeter Swan and Tundra Swan are native to North America.  The Mute Swan, is originally from Eurasia and is not as numerous in Canada. 

We normally see the Trumpeter Swans in the Autumn, sometimes cruising the lakes for a couple of days to a couple of weeks.  They very likely could be making a way stop on their way from Alaska to North Carolina.  Makes for perfect timing for photos with the trees in colour.

For more Autumn colours check out this Ball's Falls Blog Post

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