Friday, March 21, 2014

Spring Arrivals

Trempealeau Mountain and Bay

The bay is melting and birds are returning to Perrot State Park. After picking up my annual stickers for the year I had to check out who was in the park.


Canada Geese and Sandhill Crane in back row

Trumpeter Swans
Trumpeter Swans (cyghus buccinator) are the largest of the waterfowl species in our area. They come back to the area for summer breeding and it is assumed they mate for life. They can live up to 24 years in the wild.

Their populations have been rebounding since the turn of the last century. They were once prized for their feathers for quill pens in the 1600-1800's.

If you don't see them in the bay, stop into the Visitor Center they just put up two lovely Trumpeter Swans on display courtesy of the Friends of Perrot.

Heres' a short video of the swans and some eagles in the distance over Trempealeau Mountain.

1 comment:

  1. Spring is looking good up there....maybe it's time to start thinking about coming back. Nah! We'll hang out down south a little longer before heading your way again.