Trumpeter Swan at Lake Artemesia.

I took another weekend trip to Lake Artemesia and it was well worth it. The Trumpeter Swan has been there in the past, and apparently just returned.

The usual ducks were in attendance, and a few passerines showed up as well.

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A view of Lake Artemesia.

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There are many Song Sparrows along the edge of the lake.

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A small flock of Cedar Waxwings is almost always around in Winter.

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A very cooperative Mockingbird.

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These Bufflehead hens were at Thomas Point.

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Distant Brown Pelicans.

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This Common Loon was also at Thomas point.

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I forget where I saw this Robin.

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Tundra swans have returned.

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Fish Crows at Thomas Point.

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I caught this Ruddy Duck as he was taking off.

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Several flocks of Dark Eyed Juncos were feeding near the lake.

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Mallards can be found any time of year.

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There were three Northern Flickers in this tree.

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I saw a lot of Bald Eagles this week.

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Cornell: “Trumpeter Swans demand superlatives: they’re our biggest native waterfowl, stretching to 6 feet in length and weighing more than 25 pounds—almost twice as massive as a Tundra Swan. Getting airborne requires a lumbering takeoff along a 100-yard runway. Despite their size, this once-endangered, now recovering species is as elegant as any swan, with a graceful neck and snowy-white plumage. They breed on wetlands in remote Alaska, Canada, and the northwestern U.S., and winter on ice-free coastal and inland waters.”

 

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