Juan de Fuca Cottages on the Olympic Peninsula
182 Marine Drive
Sequim, WA, 98382, United States
(360) 683-4433

Trumpeter Swans Return!

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January 13, 2014

Just down the road from the Cottages, these beauties finally showed up for the year!  In a field off of Anderson Road and right near the mouth of the Dungeness River, I just stopped my van on the side of the road to get these pictures.

Huge birds with load noises!  These local swans are from a migration flock that is from Alaska that has survived because of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.   A century ago, trumpeters had been hunted to near extinction, but are now enjoying a comeback estimated at over 35,000 birds in 2005.  Locally our count has been steadily rising since first seen here in 1982, when 4 birds were counted.  2009 had 186 trumpeters locally! 

If you get the chance to stop and admire the trumpeter swans, it is well worth your time! 

More info from a local author at Audobon Society