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Trumpeter swans flocking to Turnbull

Fifteen trumpeter swans were counted on Middle Pine Pond at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge on Feb. 16, 2013. (Carlene Hardt)
Fifteen trumpeter swans were counted on Middle Pine Pond at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge on Feb. 16, 2013. (Carlene Hardt)

WILDLIFE — Just a few years ago we were amazed to see a single Trumpeter swan return Solo year after year, decade after decade at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.

That old bird left his mark.  After finally mating and producing a few broods, trumpeter swans have taken hold at the refuge south of Cheney.  With the ice gone, we can expect another year of pleasant viewing from the walking trails near the headquarters.

At least three of the five cygnets hatched at Turnbull last year survived through fall.

Carlene Hardt already has been enjoying them.

I was out at Turnbull on Saturday and I counted 15 Trumpeter Swans on Middle Pine Pond! There were 11 adults and 4 cygnets. Maybe the family from last year was part of it? They sure were vocal and active.




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