Winter Swans

Everyday Lillie

Having lived all my life in Southern Ontario, Canada, I always assumed that the occasional swan that I saw in a pretty setting was someone’s pet, or a bird purchased for it’s scenic appearance. While I drove my children to school, I regularly viewed a pair of swans in a golf course pond through the summer, never in winter, and just assumed they were pets, tucked away for the winter.

Trumpeter Swans in open water - winter
Trumpeter Swans in open water – winter

Do Swans stay in Ontario over the Winter?

How could such a beautiful bird appear naturally in our harsh climate? This winter in our new village, I regularly watch swans floating and preening in the still unfrozen river below our house. I was concerned, because I thought they should be somewhere south or somewhere safe.

Trumpeter Swans Native to Canada

After a little bit of local research I discovered that trumpeter swans were…

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