Subject: [Tweeters] Anacortes: Trumpeter Swans; Hooded Merganser displays Date: Nov 5 18:51:18 2011 From: Kristi Hein - khc at picturesandwords.com
I had just started into the forest at the end of our block when I heard a distinctive mellow honking high overhead. A V of some 20 Trumpeter Swans winging their way southeast to the Skagit farmlands. My first sighting of this fall. I could have easily dashed back to our yard to see and hear them from there, but with dark fast approaching, I continued down the trail and *count them as fair to add to the yard list*.
Nearing the Big Beaver Pond I heard an odd prolonged croaking. Frogs? When I got to the shore, I saw Hooded Mergansers: three males and a female. The males were energetically displaying, with head bobs, heads thrown back, and rearing out of the water. All the while making a short-long, short-long growly croak (or croaky growl). I had never observed this before.
It is wonderful how there is always something new to see and hear, even in natural places you've visited hundreds of times. Always a fresh adventure!
Kristi Hein Anacortes khc at picturesandwords.com --
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