I went to town yesterday and was delighted to see the Tundra swans have returned. Hundreds and hundreds were spread across the marshy areas, engaging in courtship behavior.
They weren't in the deep-water parts of the lake, but stayed in the shallows where nesting is possible. I saw a lot of "bottoms up" poses as they dipped under for food.
From a distance they made a white line on the water.
It's just hard to beat the sight of so many of these beautiful birds.
On the way back from town, I stopped at a spot which I knew overlooked another marshy area. Sure enough, hundreds more swans.
The air was full of the "hooting" noises swans make (with a few mallard quacks and Canada goose honks thrown in). Tundra swans are sometimes called "whistling" swans, and their call is indeed like a low-pitched throaty whistle, very soothing (at least from a distance).
Around here, it's a sure sign of spring when the swans return.
Sometimes it's good to pause and remember what a beautiful world it is.