A Morning with Swans

Trumpeter Swan at the Horicon Marsh

Trumpeter Swan

There were at least six Trumpeter Swan pairs preening, eating, and swimming in the water along Highway 49 this morning.

Trumpeter Swans with Cygnets at the Horicon Marsh

Trumpeter Swans with Cygnets

This family looks like an a cappella quartet singing a harmonious morning melody.  The parents are actually warning another pair of swans nearby.  They straighten their necks and give a short, honking call, making it clear the other pair is getting too close.

Trumpeter Swans and an American Coot at the Horicon Marsh

Trumpeter Swans and an American Coot

An American Coot is unimpressed by the majestic display of fluttering wings.  A Trumpeter Swan’s wingspan can be over six feet.

Trumpeter Swan at the Horicon Marsh

Though they are North America’s heaviest flying bird, they have amazing agility in their necks and wings.  We are fortunate to have a growing population of Trumpeter Swans at the Horicon Marsh

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