Trumpeter swan, Newcastle, Ontario
In 1886, a hunter shot the last of Ontario's known trumpeter swans over Long Point on Lake Erie. Nearly a century later, biologist Harry Lumsden and the Trumpeter Swan Society began to reintroduce them to areas on the Canadian shores of Lake Ontario, and now there are well over 1,500 living here.
Trumpeter swans are NOT related to the mute swans I told you about on January 5th in this post. In fact, trumpeter and mute swans don't get along. While trumpeter swans are tolerant of other species of waterfowl such as mallards, they dominate mute swans, evicting them from their breeding territories.
Swan watching ME!
This swan seems to be living alone for the winter. A local fisherman told us this bird was so lonely that it actually sat beside him one day while he was fishing.
Tag number 907
Yellow wing tags mark Ontario's trumpeter swans. Tags help ornithologists track the swans' movements, population growth, range and habitat.
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