Despite being driven nearly to extinction in the early 20th century, Trumpeter Swans have rebounded and their numbers are increasing. Widespread hunting for meat, skins, and feathers from the 1600s–1800s reduced this once widespread species to 69 known individuals in the US by 1935. (allaboutbirds.com)
A good place to see them is by the Unwin Ave. bridge near the entrance to Tommy Thompson Park.
There was a great deal of ice here on the morning I visited which forced many waterfowl species to be in close contact.
Present were: American Coot, American Black Duck, Gadwall, Mallard, American Wigeon, Long-tailed Duck, Greater Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Greater Black-backed Gull.
The winter world may seem gloomy – but look closely, and you’ll see nature casting a spell
The icicles wreathing
On trees in festoon
Swing, swayed to our breathing:
They’re made of the moon. – Elinor Wylie (1885–1928)