Trumpeter Swans Rebound in Arkansas
Written by Ariana Remmel
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[Swan calls from field recording, 7:20-7:22]
With a voice like that, there’s no questioning the place Trumpeter Swans get their title. Weighing over 25 kilos and measuring about 5 toes from beak to tail, these swans are the heaviest flying birds in North America.
This flock of Trumpeter Swans is coming in for a splash touchdown at Magness Lake simply outdoors of Heber Springs in Arkansas.
[Swans landing from field recording, 7:41 – 7:44]
Seeing tons of of them right here, it’s laborious to imagine these birds have been practically hunted to extinction by the flip of the 20th century. This area is a part of their comeback story.
After a small flock of swans started wintering at Magness Lake within the Nineteen Nineties, the Arkansas Audubon Society named the positioning an Essential Bird Space. Now Arkansas hosts one of many largest populations of wintering Trumpeter Swans within the Southern U.S.
[Echoing swan calls from field recording, around 0:32 – 0:36]
They’ll spend the winter right here and at close by ponds, foraging within the shallows seeking aquatic vegetation. As they carry their black beaks again to the floor, glowing rivulets of water roll off their lengthy, swish necks.
[Sound of swans foraging from field recording, 6:02 – 6:06]
After an extended day of dabbling, the flock is able to roost for the night time.
Due to their immense dimension, they want at the least 100 yards of watery runway to develop into airborne.
[Swans taking off from field recording, 1:18-1:24]
They usually’re off — retreating into the winter sundown. For BirdNote, I’m Ariana Remmel.
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