I had been told to watch for swans with the mallards; a couple of trumpeters and a mute swan. I met the mute swan a couple of days ago.
|The mute swan, Cygnus olor, is easily identified by the black bulge above the bill.|
|Swan and female mallard. The swan grows to about 5 feet long, with a 6-foot wing span.|
|The trumpeter swan is slightly larger, has no lump on the forehead, and prefers to hang out in flocks. The mute swan is a loner.|
|The raised wings may be a defensive or aggressive display.|
|Unfortunately, local residents have taken to feeding the swan bits of bread, not a good addition to its diet. Here, it's waiting for the latest handout.|
I'll keep on looking for the trumpeters; they are rumoured to have a nest in the area.