Day 351: Trumpeter Swans Winter on the Mississippi River

I had the privilege and thrill to watch these Trumpeter Swans just after sunrise this morning on the Mississippi River a bit downstream from the Monticello Power Plant. Given these swans almost went extinct in the 1960’s due to DDT, it is hard to believe I saw hundreds of these beautiful birds! However, one would not refer to their singing as melodious, but they do sound like trumpets! The video found at the end of this post is less than 90 seconds long, and will let you experience a bit of my frozen morning! It was 0F (-16C) when I took these photos and video!

Ice Rise Over the Mississippi River


Some Courting Behavior


The Start of a Disagreement!



Trumpeter Swans … The Video!

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