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Trumpeter Swans

Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

The trumpeter swan is the largest waterfowl in North America, and the largest swan in the world. North America is home to three species of swans: the native trumpeter and tundra (formerly known as whistling swan), and the non-native mute. Close to extinction at the beginning of the 20th century, the Trumpeter Swan is now making a come back. The largest population, 75% of the world's Trumpeters, nests in South-central Alaska and winters along coastal southeastern Alaska, British Columbia, and Washington State. During October, in recent years, migratory Trumpeters have becoming a common site in the mashes and ponds along the Seward Hwy. south of Anchorage, Alaska. These a few images I collected last fall.
Trumpeter Swan and Mallard Ducks, Potter Marsh, Anchorage, AK 10/23/2006

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Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

As the trumpeter swan feeds on the bottom, of the pond with itís long neck, the Mallards circle the feeding swan, collecting the tidbits which are stirred up and float to the surface.
Trumpeter Swan and Mallard Ducks, Potter Marsh, Anchorage, AK 10/23/2006

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Portland, OR(Zone 8a)

Grass, pictures like that, make me wanna go and do some birding !! , like ..right now !!!!!

Nice surroundings over there. I m looking forward to the spring, so I can live town and go birding with some water birds my self. Miss on that a lot.

Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

Trumpeter Swans and Mallard Ducks, Potter Marsh, Anchorage, AK 10/23/2006

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Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

Trumpeter Swans and Mallard Duck, Potter Marsh, Anchorage, AK 10/23/2006

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Marlton, NJ

Great pics Gras!

Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

The adult trumpeter swan is a majestic bird, with snowy white feathers; jet-black bill, feet, and legs; with an eight foot wingspan. The juveniles have a grayish plumage and pinkish colored bills. Often confused with the smaller more common tundra swan, the trumpeter swan is roughly twice the size of the tundra swan. The trumpeter migrates relatively short distances, while the tundra swan migrates long distances between summer and winter ranges.

An adult and a juvenile Trumpeter Swan in a road side pond, near Portage, AK 10/23/2006

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Anchorage, AK(Zone 4a)

On 10/28/2006 we took another fifty mile drive along Turnagain Arm, all the way to the Kenai Peninsula, looking for swans. The ponds had a thin crust of ice, and the water foul were gone. We only saw this one pair of Trumpeter Swans. They had broken the ice when they landed on a road side pond, near Portage, AK, They were sitting resting on the ice before heading on.

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Pylesville, MD(Zone 6b)

We had a pair show up every year this year only one showed up
It was sad

Whidbey Island, WA(Zone 7a)

Gras, wonderful photos and information! You mentioned they sometimes winter in Washington State - do you happen to know where? Gosh, I'd love to see them in person!!

Cincinnati (Anderson, OH(Zone 6a)

Beautiful pictures of a beautiful bird. You are so lucky to have them nearby!

There have been efforts in the lower 48 to re-establish the trumpeter swan population. I am not sure how successful they have been.

It's too bad about your pair, avmoran...

Vancleave, MS(Zone 8b)

what beautiful pictures

West Pottsgrove, PA(Zone 6b)

avmoran, I hate to say it but these birds were wiped out in the east two hundred years ago. Maryland is trying to re-introduce some back in the Bay, so there's a small possibility to see them, but chances are good the birds you see are Mute Swans, which are a serious problem in Maryland.


Beautiful photos of a beautiful and elegant bird! Thanks for all the info and thanks for sharing the pics!


Dearborn Heights, MI(Zone 6a)

Kind of an old thread, but The pics aboue ARE Trumpeter Swans, not Mute Swans.
Mute swans have yellow/black bills and yellow feet.
Trumpeter bills have all BLACK bills and legs also.

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Mute swans have yellow/black bills and yellow feet

Ooops! red-and-black bills, and black feet ;-)


Dearborn Heights, MI(Zone 6a)

I meant Orange and black. (They look orange to me), and I could of sworn they have orange feet.
I an going to start a new thread for the Trumpeter, as I have seen then this past week and have pictures.

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Trouble is, yellow/black means Whooper Swan
or Bewick's Swan

Be nice to see the Trumpeter pics!


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