The Trumpeter Swan is a magnificent avian creature.
After the California Condor it has the second largest wingspan of any bird.
It’s also strikingly attractive in flight. A large gaggle (I don’t know what the collective is for swans, so I’ll stick with gaggle) overhead, honking and making swan noises is a sight to behold and hear.
It was once threatened with extinction and it was only through concerted conservation efforts that their numbers have been restored. Good-oh.
Here (the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island) is one of the most significant wintering spots for the swans and farmers’ fields will soon be crawling with the big white birds.
They are beautiful, have attitude, and they can be nasty despite their magnificence of appearance. I like that about them. They remind me of certain women I’ve known and (yes) loved.
But, there is a downside to all of this.
That downside is – the damn things are back. And in their being back it can only mean one thing: Winter is upon us.