Thursday, December 30, 2010


A year ago Alma was visited by 6 Trumpeter Swans, 1 adult and 5 cygnets.  The adult had been injured and died with a day of arrival.  The 5 cygnets remained feeding in the open waters below Lock & Dam #4 on the Mississippi River around the Great Alma Fishing Float.  These juveniles were often visited by adults who were staying south of the area where there was a larger population in Buffalo City, WI.

This was a rare sight for Alma ... we enjoy a robust Bald Eagle population and Tundra Swans are a fixture in the fall but no one remembered Trumpeter Swans.

 1-15-2010, 3 Trumpeter Swans

Wednesday brought a return of Trumpeter Swans to Alma,
 2 adults and 2 cygnets.  This year they are a little south of the Lock & Dam
feeding in the open waters of the Mississippi River. 

 One adult and one cygnet are banded.

Today there was a Bald Eagle intently watching the group
 float by on the Mississippi River
as they were feeding ... but no interaction.

Check with the staff at Wings Over Alma
if you come to town and want to view the Trumpeter Swans.

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