Wait, slow down a minute, I asked my husband yesterday as we drove down the paved road past Erie State Game Area near the Ohio/Michigan border.
I had seen two large splotches of white in the back of the pond and wanted a second look.
Could they be a pair of Trumpeter Swans?
A second look as we drove back to the spot proved me right, yes!
The distinct black bill, long neck, and large bird confirmed the Trumpeter Swans had returned to the area.
Earlier in the day I had seen several Trumpeter Swans in northwest Ohio, so I knew the birds would probably be seen in southeast Michigan.
Wonderful to see them again!
For whatever reason, I’ve seen fewer Trumpeter Swans in Michigan and Ohio this year (other than early spring) than last year.
The pair we saw almost every week from February to October last year at our favorite nearby marsh didn’t return this year. Not sure if they moved to another marsh or area nearby.
Just reminds you that birds you see all year round one year in one location you might not see again in the following year.
Did you notice the reflection of the birds in the water?
Not the best reflection, because the water was covered with floating plants, but still cool to see the reflection!