Persistent swans


Typically, swans stop at the Lake to feed only for a few days during their migrations north or south. However, there are two Trumpeters that have occupied the lakelet west of Kokanee Creek Park for about a month. I saw them as they flew in on January 12th, but only managed a picture four days later. Now a month later, they are still with us.

I could get used to the idea of persistent winter swans.

Two Trumpeter Swans have been hanging out west of Kokanee Creek Park for a month.

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4 Responses to Persistent swans

  1. I have been reading a recently published ethnography of the Sinixt by the esteemed scholar Verne Ray, containing some new material I had not yet seen. In it Ray says that while other waterfowl were frequently caught and consumed by the Sinixt, they tended not to eat swans.

    Thank you Alistair.

  2. Max says:

    I could get used to that too. Their numbers have continued to recover amazingly well the last few decades so this is very possible. To paraphrase Johnson: when a man gets tired of Trumpeter Swans, he is tired of life.

    • Alistair says:

      Max, nice rephrasing of Samuel Johnson’s remark, the rest of which is:

      Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.

      Now, I have lived in London and while good, it certainly does not have all that life can afford. For example, it has neither Trumpeter Swans in the wild, nor Grizzly Bears. To enjoy these and many of the other delights as presented in this blog, it is better to live here. Yet, it may be that the meaning of the word, intellectual, has broadened in the intervening 240 years.

  3. Irene McIlwaine. says:

    Splendid. Thank you,

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