In the second photo towards the tree trunk are 3 babies who are being fiercely protected by mom and dad.
Trumpeter Swans are the heaviest birds native to North America and on the average largest waterfowl. Its wingspan ranges from 73-98 inches. An average male weighs 26 lbs. and an average female 21 lbs. Adults are all white in plumage. They often bred in large shallow waters and ponds. Their diet consists almost entirely on aquatic plants. In the winter they may also eat grasses and grains. The female on average lays 3-12 eggs.
Some cool facts:
- Trumpeter Swans were once hunted for its feathers throughout the 1600's causing them to decline in numbers. Its largest flight feathers made the best quality quill pens.
- Some Trumpeter Swans can live more than 24 years.
- Trumpeter Swans form pair bonds when they are 3-4 years old. The pairs stay together throughout the year, moving in migratory populations. These swans are assumed to mate for life.
Lucky for me, I have such wonderful neighbors who were able to document this backyard event and send pictures my way.
_________________________________E.B. White, children's author of Charlotte's Web, wrote a very heartwarming story called
The Trumpet Swan. Not only do children enjoy the story but adults as well.