After Donald shared with us some memories Vicki and I shared some of ours. Usually one is disappointed when one returns - the memories are better than reality - however, this time nature did not disappoint.
There were between 50 and 60 Trumpeters within trumpeting distance and 30 right at our feet. There seemed to be quite a mixture of young and old, banded and not. No Canada Geese! However, there were at leastr 2 species of duck present, Black and Mallard.
The cygnets caught my attention: look at their beaks:
Is this normal? Environment or breeding? The top one reminded me a little about Mute swan's yellow-orange beak. Do they sometimes inter-breed?
These 9 seem more normal:
These 3 mottled:
There seemed to be an unusual amount of activity or aggression.
Not all were upset:
And there was lots of room:
Still birds will be birds.
W O B