As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Rare Trumpter Swans Visit Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

LAST UPDATED ON 14 MAY 2015

Two trumpeter swans have flown in to Taltree Arboretum & Gardens’ wetlands, joining the resident mated pair that live at Taltree year-round. The visiting trumpeter swans flew in on Sunday, May 11 and have been spotted by visitors around the wetlands on Taltree’s Bluebird Trail.

The swans have been considered rare or completely extinct in most of the United States by the early 20th century. Their population has increased enough to remove them from the endangered species list. They have not been able to sufficiently grow their population in the Great Lakes region due to an increase in competition for habitat by the non-native mute swan.

“To have a pair of these rare birds join our residents is very exciting. The last time we had a visitor was three years ago when our birds were new to Taltree,” said Stephanie Blackstock, Interim Executive Director at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens.

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