The Right Place at the Right Time

If you read my last post about searching for the Great Grey Owl, here’s “the rest of the story.”

I had a nice trip across mostly prairie – I did not realize Minnesota had such terrain, and crossing through Grand Forks, North Dakota, an interesting city in its own right, I came to Turtle River State Park, located on the river of the same name.

I had literally just turned off Route 2 and saw some white on the river and thought they were American White Pelicans, some of which I’d seen earlier I the day. There was a convenient pull off on the access road and I spotted three swans. The weren’t Mute Swans, which we see in the East, they were Trumpeter Swans. A life bird just floating, grooming, and feeding there. Here are some shots I took:

The swans were gone the following morning, likely heading northward. Nice payback for the wild owl chase but just proves that timing and luck can be as important as birding skills.

Now, just because I thought she was really pretty, I ending with a picture of a doe that watched me drive by Saturday morning on a camp road. Just a nice way to start the day and she stayed out and returned to feeding as I drove off. I hope your weekend is going well.

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One Response to The Right Place at the Right Time

  1. Audrey Coty says:

    Dick, I enjoyed the photos of the trumpeter swan, in particular the top two where the black stripes on the water complement the elegance of the swan. I recently reread E.B. White’s children’s book “The Trumpet of the Swan” about a mute young trumpeter swan named Louis who learns to play the trumpet so he can communicate. His family winters in Montana and summers in an unspecified region of western Canada. (This is in 1970.) If you go to my blog at nebraskaknoll there is a post called Mallards and Maples where you can read a bit more about the highly musical Louis.

    How special to see these swans during your trip. Audrey

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