Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Return of the Trumpeters: Part 2
In the last post I mentioned that an adult swan was inspected because it had red on its head and neck. The volunteers wanted to see if it was injured but it appeared that it had been the target of a paintball gun. These birds are very vulnerable because they are accustomed to humans and it was upsetting to think that people could be so uncaring. If people knew the story of these swans, I believe they would be less likely to harass them.
My cousin Sam loves and respects nature and I wanted him to see the birds at this park. We went down on a cold and cloudy Saturday morning and were very fortunate to arrive as the volunteers were about to hand out the daily ration of dried corn. They welcomed Sam and asked him to help feed the Trumpeter Swans.
"The Trumpet of the Swan".
There were other new arrivals in the bay. We saw American Coots, two Red-breasted Mergansers, Bufflehead and Goldeneye ducks, Black ducks and more. Sam has a great eye for birds. He called me over to see a Great Black-backed gull sitting on a shoal. These birds are not common on the Great Lakes.
So find a child or two and take them on a field trip even if it is your backyard.