Monday, August 5, 2013 Mile 15 Trumpeter Swan family

Seward, Alaska Sporadic Bird Report

I stopped by the Mile 15 pullout on Alaska Highway 9 on my way to and from Anchorage to check on the TRUMPETER SWAN family. In the morning, the six swans were barely visible back in the tall horsetails, but it was great to know they were still there and doing well.

On the way home at 9:30 pm, under heavy cloud cover, it was already dusky, but the swans were out in the open water at the edge of the horsetails. The four cygnets, still gray but with increasingly longer necks, fed busily on insects clinging to the aquatic plants. When not feeding, they preened those itchy emerging feathers.

Occasionally one would stretch its tiny wings; hardly more substantial than a skinny chicken's. An adult showed how it should look: magnificent, powerful, and glorious. Baby tried, mom (or dad) showed how. I sure hope they have enough time before migration to grow those little stubs into functional wings!

As I watched, a tiny duckling, all alone, paddled purposefully across the pond, dodging around and through the obstacle course of giant pond lily leaves. I did not see any adults or other ducklings. Brave little one!

In other swan news, I did spot one pair of adult swans at the Turnagain Arm pond. And as of Sunday, the Trumpeter Swan pair was still feeding at Mile 1 Nash Road. No cygnets.

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

No comments:

Post a Comment