Spring Swans Feel Territorial Tension on Lake Ontario Wintering Site

The Trumpeter Swans at LaSalle Park in Burlington, Ontario are feeling the urge to get territorial as winter draws to a close. Several times while I was watching, minor spats flared up.

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This patch of Lake Ontario isn’t where most of these birds will nest. It’s just their wintering spot. It gets crowded, though, and that probably makes the Trumpeters a bit more irritable.

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The spats rapidly die down.

I didn’t actually see any feathers fly. I wonder: If a swan bites a swan is it goosed?

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Soon the Trumpeters will be sounding off as they fly to their summer breeding grounds. When the ice is out and the lakes and streams are open there will be more room for everyone to stretch out. Then they can go back to looking like serene monarchs surveying their domains.

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