If you’ve ever heard the sound of trumpets overhead, you’ve most likely seen the swans responsible for the brassy concert. Not only are trumpeter swans graceful in flight, but they make their own music to fly by.
These swans are enjoying pulling up the roots of the grasses planted in this field. They are tolerated, though not particularly loved by the farmers, as these birds can do a lot of damage to a freshly sprouted crop. At this time of year it’s not as big an issue and most people regard the swans as a beautiful decorative touch to the local scenery. You may notice that the grass is a bit frosty, making their meals a bit cool today.
Sharing the fields with the trumpeter swans are the Canada geese. Please note they are NOT called Canadian geese. They don’t have passports and don’t have Canadian citizenship, so they are not Canadian geese. They are called Canada geese. These birds are very tasty on the dinner table and are prized by waterfowlers. The expression “silly goose” does not apply to the Canada goose. See how smart these birds are? They know that the trumpeters are not legal prey for waterfowlers and so they hide in plain sight among them for protection.
For those who couldn’t identify the three kinds of birds in the previous post – “Is it Spring Yet?” I’ll help you out. In the photo below, the bird at the very top of the picture is a red-shafted flicker (woodpecker family), the birds in the middle are starlings, and the bird at the bottom of the picture is a robin.
What birds do you see around you where you live? Why not leave a comment and share what you’ve seen?