Originally native to Ontario, the Trumpeter swan’s extirpation from eastern Canada over 200 years ago was primarily due to hunting pressure and habitat loss.
Biologist Harry Lumsden began a provincial reintroduction program in the early 1980’s to re-establish the Trumpeter swan in its former habitat and range.
Trumpeter swans are well named and we heard a few of their brassy “blasts” today.
Species list: trumpeter swan, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, red-tailed hawk, ring-billed gull, herring gull, rock pigeon, downy woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, blue jay, common raven, eastern phoebe, black-capped chickadee, European starling, cedar waxwing, American robin, ruby-crowned kinglet, house sparrow, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, American tree sparrow, song sparrow. (22 species)
Recently much soil slid from the top of the bluffs here.
Bright yellow, red and orange,
The leaves come down in hosts;
The trees are Indian princes,
But soon they’ll turn to ghosts. – William Allingham (1824–89)