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Friday, November 14, 2008

The Trumpeter Swans are Back!

These beautiful, majestic birds migrate back to the Skagit Valley every winter from the frozen north. There's always the thrill of their first "trumpet" in October when the first few straggle in. A few weeks later they come in droves. They fly overhead playing their trumpets, announcing their arrival. They congregate as large groups. Sometimes, down on the lake we see them skiing in like float planes, leaving a wake. They congregate noisily, trumpeting their friendships. They seem to be very social. In the spring, the little ones hatch, then grow up just enough to make the long flight north. Very delightful to watch!

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