A Tundra Swan at Unwin Avenue Bridge in Toronto

A Tundra Swan at Unwin Avenue Bridge in Toronto

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On a recent brilliantly sunny and relatively warm March day, Bob and I visited the Leslie Street Spit for some much-needed fresh air and exercise.  It was on the way home that we made a short stop at the Unwin Avenue bridge here in Toronto and spotted the elusive Tundra Swan. Read more

Trumpeter Swans Reunite At Milliken Park In Toronto

Trumpeter Swans Reunite At Milliken Park In Toronto

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They’re back!  It seems that trumpeter swans, H11, and her cygnet were just taking a short vacation away from their home pond.  When Bob and I cycled to Milliken Park, in Toronto,  Friday morning, October 17, the whole family was cruising the pond together. Read more

Trumpeter Swan Happenings At Scarborough’s Milliken Park

Trumpeter Swan Happenings At Scarborough’s Milliken Park

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Earlier this past fall, visitors to Milliken Park in northeast Scarborough would have noticed that only two Trumpeter Swans were inhabiting the main pond where previously there had been a family of four.  Tango, the female or pen, was diligently caring for her one remaining cygnet after the untimely death of her other baby in mid-September. Read more

Trumpeter Swan Cygnets Growing Up At Milliken Park

Trumpeter Swan Cygnets Growing Up At Milliken Park

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It had been two weeks since Bob and I first spotted the two Trumpeter Swan cygnets at Milliken Pond, and they seemed to be thriving.  We dropped by the park one  day to check on their well-being and were thrilled to see them paddling along with nary a care in the world. Read more

Trumpeter Swans with Cygnets at Milliken Park in Scarborough

Trumpeter Swans with Cygnets at Milliken Park in Scarborough

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How exciting to find that the pair of Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator) at our local park in north Scarborough now have two recently-hatched offspring to care for.  As Bob and I looked on, the cygnets kept very close to “mom” on the shore of the pond… Read more

Trumpeter Swans On A Delta Farm Field in BC

Trumpeter Swans On A Delta Farm Field in BC

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After a morning well spent at Boundary Bay Regional Park in the Delta region south of Vancouver, Bob and I made our way towards another popular birdwatching location still situated on the Fraser River estuary, the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary.  While progressing in that northwesterly direction, we had to pass through an extensive array of farm fields, and in one such field, Bob and I spotted a number of Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator) scavenging for remnants of grain. Read more

Trumpeter Swans During Winter At La Salle Park

Trumpeter Swans During Winter At La Salle Park

Trumpeter swans landing in the winter on ice at La Salle Park, Burlington, Ontario

When Bob and I visited La Salle Park in Burlington last winter, we had quite a significantly different experience from the last time we found ourselves there in April 2013.  A good number of Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator) were present just offshore from the snow-covered beach, but rather than dallying in the warm waters of Hamilton Harbour, they were trying to keep warm on the icy surface of the frozen bay. Read more

Trumpeter Swans Sighted In The Spring At La Salle Park

Trumpeter Swans Sighted In The Spring At La Salle Park

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There is nothing like strutting your stuff, and that is just what several Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator) were doing when we showed up on the beach at LaSalle Park in Burlington, Ontario, in the spring of 2013. Read more

Trumpeter Swans On The Shores Of Lake Couchiching in Ontario

Trumpeter Swans On The Shores Of Lake Couchiching in Ontario

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Early one spring, on the shores of Lake Couchiching, Bob and I caught up with two members of the trumpeter swan family as they began their migration back to their breeding grounds in central Ontario.

Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator) at one time were familiar sights in southern Ontario during periods of migration, but due to over hunting in the 18th and 19th centuries, for their feathers and their skins, as of 1886,  they had vanished from the region.  That year, a hunter at Long Point on Lake Erie shot the last known trumpeter swan that was migrating from the west.

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