At one time, these lovely swans were in danger of joining the Whooping Crane in extinction. Happily, the Trumpeter Swan is being successfully reintroduced to areas in the Great Lakes region. Scarborough Bluffs, at the foot of Brimley Road, is one of the best places to see them and our group had a good look today at two adults (black bill) and two juvenile (some colour in the bill).
With some males weighing over 30 pounds, the Trumpeter Swan is considered to be the heaviest of all flying birds.
O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all. – Robert Frost (1874–1938)