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Jul 11, 2012

Trumpeter Swans on King Township Lake

Photo by BarrytheBirder
Trumpeter Swan
Cygnus buccinator

This family of six Trumpeter Swans was enjoying a balmy June day on Crawford's Pond, on the east side of the 6th Concession of King Township, below the 16th Sideroad, on Tuesday of this week.   Extirpated from Ontario in the late 1800s, Trumpeters have been successfully re-introduced, via captive foster parents.   Officially, they are considered 'rare introduced breeders'.   They are our largest swans and magnificent to see on the wing.   My use of the Crawford name for this lake dates back to the late 1950s, when the Crawford family owned this lovely property, just south of the King Ridge.   I do not know who owns it today.
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