Trumpeter Swans

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  1. DecoySlayer

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    Took the pup out for a walk this morning, along a marsh, I noticed that there was a pair of trumpeter swans nesting there. There is likely two pair, but I only seen the one. I know of two nests, on had 4 to 5 eggs, which most of them have hatched, I could see several tiny heads poking up out of the nest. The second nest was too far away to see that kind of detail.

    That marsh is a "joint effort" by the DNR and Ducks Unlimited. It's sure nice to see the results of all those hours of work.
     
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    Really? I know that mutes cause problems, was not aware that trumpeters did. There are all kinds of geese and ducks nesting on the same pond.
     
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    i just assumed they caused havoc with waterfowl nesting like the mute swans - i could be wrong
     
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    Are they trumpeter or tundra(whistling) swans?
     
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    IF I identified them correctly they are trumpeters. There was the tell tale "yellow" coloration around their heads. I am not sure, but, I don't believe that tundra swans nest in Michigan but trumpeters do.

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    https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/tundra-swan
     
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    20180510_191641.jpg Ok, who saw swans in the refuge at Fish Point in March? I thought they were trumpeter's but I didnt see any light yellow on their heads.
     
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    now i know why dnr is thinking of a free pass and a warning if they open the tundra season and someone shoots a mute - haha. whooping cranes beware, do not fly over michigan if they open the swan season!
     
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    States that allow tundra hunting have issues with trumpeters getting killed. As for mutes, they are pretty easy to tell and the state should pay a bounty imo.
     
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    I don't know if they all have it. Those I saw yesterday, did.
     
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    Are the trumpeters that nest here gone by the time the tundras show up?
     
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    I dont know that DS. I only hit the refuges in March to catch the spring migrations.
     
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    I wish I knew more about them. They are wonderful to watch. I wish I could afford a swan hunt one day, I doubt if we will ever see one in this state. We can't even get a hunt on mutes, let alone tundras.
     
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    tundra/trumpets are not aggressive like mutes. All mutes need to die asap.
     
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