When Florida blogger Lowell posted an enviably beautiful shot of a swan a month or two ago I had one of those moments of ignited curiousity. Mainly: “Hey! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a swan. I wonder if we have swans here.” Then I noticed some very big white birds – at quite a distance – in a field. I couldn’t figure out how to get closer and soon they disappeared.
Last week I passed another field and bingo! There they were, closer to the road. It’s possible they’re common here but I admit to getting really excited. They didn’t glide serenely across a glittering pond, but a swan’s a swan. I’m think they were trumpeter swans. They could be tundra swans but their heads and all black bills look a little more like what I see in my book. I’ll post another couple shots tomorrow.