The Heaviest of all Flying Birds: October 28, 2021

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.

Trumpeter Swans
Trumpeter Swan (juvenile)
Trumpeter Swan (juvenile)
Trumpeter Swan (juvenile)
Trumpeter Swan
Trumpeter Swan (juvenile)
Trumpeter Swan
Trumpeter Swan (juvenile)
Trumpeter Swan
Trumpeter Swan (juvenile)
Trumpeter Swan
Trumpeter Swan (juvenile)
Trumpeter Swan (juvenile)
Trumpeter Swan (juvenile)
Trumpeter Swan (juvenile)
Trumpeter Swan
Trumpeter Swan (juvenile)

Other birds:

Mallard (female)
Rock Pigeons, Ring-billed Gulls and Canada Geese
Mallard (male)
Rock Pigeons
Mallard (female)
Rock Pigeon
Mallard (male)

Bluffs images:

Heart-leaved Aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolium)
White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)

Today’s group:

NATURE POETRY

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)

Miles Hearn

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