Headed for the Mountains
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada.
The trumpeter swans will be on Westham Island very soon but right now it is snow geese in the fields. I watched them while picking up my groceries yesterday, with a myriad of birdwatchers who had gathered there too.
Richmond, or Lulu Island as it once was, was a big part of the Pacific Flyway until all the development in the last 50 years. I'm very glad to hear the geese are still able to find places to forage over winter, even if they are an inconvenience to some.
A couple of interesting notes about telling the two birds apart: trumpeter swans are the largest bird native to N. America, bigger than bald eagles. Snow geese are considerably smaller, and have black-tipped wings. 8)
I was so floored when I saw the trumpeters last year, I could never have imagined seeing flocks of swans, especially in those sizes!