Great day! Not only did we see the Trumpeter Swans, but also a Tundra Swan. A couple of years ago we saw all three there, but this time I shot some better pics. It was a great lesson in swan identification! I admit I was stumped before, but the day allowed seeing the differences quite well. Even in the pics here, I think you can see differences.
OK. Mute Swans you know. The big thing about Trumpeters and Tundras is that (mostly) the Tundra has a yellow spot on lores (like just below the eyes). That makes it easier. And even if not, the Tundra has a rounded (actually fairly flat) border where the white of the head meets the bill. The Trumpeter has a more pointed white going towards the bill. Sibley's guide has good illustrations of this.
Yes, I know it can be more complicated than this, but tonight I did not want to take the time to look up the great ID tip sheet that Bruce Bowman put on the Mich lister's site a couple of years ago. These birds were easy.
|"Un-Cloaked" Mute Darth Vader Swan goes after Tundra Swan|
|Same nasty Mute spent most of its time going after the Trumpeter Swans|
|I think I'll have a couple of Mute's and a spilled latte on ice ...|
|Damn! I have been chasing the other swans all around this pond |
and I still can't ever get rid of this darn thing that always seems to be below me!
No matter where I go, there it is!
|Trumpeter Swan goes after Tundra|
|Tundra Swan napping|
|Tundra Swan ice dancing|
.And to the folks on the Facebook (FB) Hearts in Nature site, I posted the following. Reflecting, it reminded be of some comments by Desmond Morris (author of Naked Ape) from the 60's/70's. (Anyone remember him? Curious, I am interested in knowing ...)
|It's a heart, but part heart is under water ...|
|Judy marks her territory with a footprint while some weird snow Trump bird thing watches ...|