In the snowless fields around Rexburg this year, there are hundreds if not close to a thousand Trumpeter swans feeding on rotten potatoes and wasted grain in the stubble fields. In one field alone I counted 443 trumpeters and one Tundra swan last week. On two sides of the field are power lines and at times these wonderful birds crash into them like the one below. Each casualty has been reported to the authorities.
Last week we had a tagged trumpeter show up and am waiting for its life history from the feds. We do know it was banded in Canada in 2003.
We really need some air flight controllers as I have seen several mid air collisions during the high winds.
There are also some interesting pictures as the swans come in to feed. Here two geese flying together looks like a single with four wings.
Here two of four fly in unison and it appears as one swan has two heads.
I spend one or two evenings each week, counting, taking photos and enjoying these fantastic birds alone or with a friend or grandchild. Just enjoying the wildness of Idaho.