Living Small – Trumpeting Spring’s Arrival

Full Disclosure: This post and these photos originate from April 26/20.

Walking toward the abyss of our local sinkhole (wow, how did that phrase get in there), we could see a flock of large white birds floating on the surface of the temporary pond in the local farm fields.

Initially, we thought they were snow geese, as this bird frequently pauses in our area, as it migrates northward. But, on closer inspection (my 1200 mm lens) something was just not right. The necks were longer, the beak was a different colour and there were no saw-like teeth visible.

I assumed they were Trumpeter Swans, who were headed North to Grande Prairie and beyond. They flapped their wings, fluttered up into the air and down and created a whole heap of “hoo” noise. We considered ourselves very privileged to witness this event and indeed we were. When we went back two days later, they (and the pond) were all gone.

The Trumpeter Swan, at 10.9-12.7 kg (24-28 pounds) is the heaviest living and largest extant bird in North America, with a wing span which may exceed 3 meters (10 feet). By 1933, fewer than 70 wild trumpeters remained. After a concerted conservation effort, the population rose to 46,000 by 2010. Their migratory range is from the northern U.S. states to Alaska.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Trumpeting Spring’s Arrival

“Hoo” calls ringing out.

trumpeting spring’s arrival.

Majestic white swans.

26 thoughts on “Living Small – Trumpeting Spring’s Arrival

  1. Super cool. We have them stop by regularly at the lake below in the valley. They are so big we can tell the difference from a mile+ away. They are so skidish that I’ve yet to get a good photo as they always fly away even though we are on foot.

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    1. We were lucky to see these ones. If we had not been walking to the sinkhole, never would have happened. We were a long distance from them and as the wind was blowing a gale, they likely figured they were safe. Thanks for reading Bernie. Allan


  2. They’re so beautiful. We missed them this year. They usually stop near the #1 Hwy between Calgary and Kananaskis for a week or so each spring and fall. Since we haven’t gone to Kananaskis this spring we missed them.

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    1. Thanks Aiva. This bird sighting was such a gift. The noise must have been incredible from close up, but given the wind and our distance, it was like a faint sound. Enjoy your weekend, Aiva. Allan

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