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Grasmussen
Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a)

January 24, 2007
8:00 PM

Post #3118334

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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Grasmussen
Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a)

January 24, 2007
8:11 PM

Post #3118373

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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birdscrazy
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 24, 2007
8:20 PM

Post #3118402

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.
Grasmussen
Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a)

January 24, 2007
8:23 PM

Post #3118414

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

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Grasmussen
Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a)

January 24, 2007
8:33 PM

Post #3118450

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

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 24, 2007
8:34 PM

Post #3118453

Great pics Gras!
Grasmussen
Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a)

January 24, 2007
8:42 PM

Post #3118479

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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Grasmussen
Anchorage, AK
(Zone 4a)

January 24, 2007
9:05 PM

Post #3118568

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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avmoran
Pylesville, MD
(Zone 6b)

January 25, 2007
11:33 AM

Post #3120221

We had a pair show up every year this year only one showed up
It was sad
:)
Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 25, 2007
2:30 PM

Post #3120692

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!!
tabasco
Cincinnati (Anderson, OH
(Zone 6a)

January 25, 2007
3:18 PM

Post #3120855


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. http://www.trumpeterswansociety.org/

It's too bad about your pair, avmoran...
DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 25, 2007
5:56 PM

Post #3121378

what beautiful pictures
claypa
West Pottsgrove, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 25, 2007
9:22 PM

Post #3122164

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.

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/mstfpc.html#ione
Marilynbeth
Hebron, KY

January 26, 2007
5:54 AM

Post #3123786

Grasmussen,

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

Marilyn

DaylilySLP

DaylilySLP
Dearborn Heights, MI
(Zone 6a)



September 7, 2008
3:46 PM

Post #5520252

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.




Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

September 7, 2008
4:27 PM

Post #5520374

[quote]Mute swans have yellow/black bills and yellow feet[/quote]
Ooops! red-and-black bills, and black feet ;-)
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Cygnus_olor_portrait_Zi.jpg
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Mute_swan_walking.jpg

Resin

DaylilySLP

DaylilySLP
Dearborn Heights, MI
(Zone 6a)



September 7, 2008
7:34 PM

Post #5521095

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.
Sandy
:)

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

September 7, 2008
7:53 PM

Post #5521170

Trouble is, yellow/black means Whooper Swan
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Whooper1.jpg
or Bewick's Swan
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Bewicks.head.arp.jpg

Be nice to see the Trumpeter pics!

;-)

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