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Apr 18, 2012

Trumpeter Swans in King City

Photos by BarrytheBirder

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Cygnus buccinator

Build a 4-story condominium apartment building beside a wetland and the swans will come.   So it seems just south-west of King City's main intersection and east of the Catholic Public School.   A pair of Trumpeter Swans has joined the Canada Geese and Mallard Ducks in the marshy pond and seem quite content despite the intense construction activity just a hundred metres away.   These swans have a distinct orange tinge on the heads, necks, and bellies (below the waterline) which would seem to come from their feeding activity in waters that have a high iron content.   Unlike most Trumpeter Swans that pass through this area, these wonderful birds do not have identifying tags attached to their wings.   The re-introduction process of Trumpeter Swans, in this part of the country, has seen many, many birds tagged with identification info, over the last few years..   The birds pictured here then appear to be truly wild.

Visiting Trumpeter Swans are within a stone's throw of this 
very large condominium apartment building being constructed near the middle of the village of King City.

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