Trumpeter Swans at Jonas Green Park.

It’s that time of year when good birds are few and far between, but each day brings the promise of new arrivals from the north.

I started out  at Jonas Green Park, in the pond adjacent to the entrance. After spotting a few Gadwalls and Hoodies, I suddenly realized there two huge Trumpeter Swans in the rear of the pond. They haven’t been in this pond since Spring, as far as I know. They had three cygnets up in Woolchurch Pond, so I wonder if they’re preparing to leave for the season.

In any event, I’ve been here before, so I suspected what was coming. In just a few minutes they had gathered on the West end of the pond to get the most room, then they pattered noisily across the water until they were airborne, and I was in position to get most of it. A great way to start the day.

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Several Mallards were foraging the pond also.

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A small flock of Hooded Mergansers was feeding early this morning.

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Gadwalls often forage in this pond.

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This is part of the takeoff sequence, A noisy and dramatic affair.

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