The ancient Greeks believed that the souls of poets pass into swans. Seeing the pair that we saw this morning (4 degrees and overcast), I tend to agree.
Here they are before they took wing:
Species list: red-necked grebe, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, gadwall, American wigeon, bufflehead, common goldeneye, long-tailed duck, red-breasted merganser, herring gull, ring-billed gull, blue jay, European starling, house sparrow, northern cardinal, American goldfinch. (18 species)
Sweet Swan of Avon! What a sight it were
To see thee in our waters yet appear,
And make those flights upon the bankes of Thames
That so did take Eliza and our James! – Ben Jonson memorial to Shakespeare in 1623
(Eliza and James refer to Queen Elizabeth and King James)
Thank you so much for those beautiful photos!