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Lucfis23

Trumpet Swans in Southern Maryland?!

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How common is it to find Trumpet Swans in Southern Maryland?  I live in northwestern Charles County Maryland along the Potomac River near the Pomonkey Creek inlet. I took this picture 1/9/18 at around 4pm right where the Pomonkey creek and Potomac River meet. The bitter cold has actually frozen the river near the shoreline. 

It looks like two pairs of adults with 2 cygnets each (based on coloring, only 7 of the 8 birds shown). When I got closer they took off in groups of 4. The first two larger solid white adults with two of the smaller greyish/white cygnets. About 4 minutes later they other group took off after them. 
They have been around here since the late late fall. Everything I have read about them says how uncommon and rare they are since they were almost wiped out in the late 19th and early 20th century. What I have read says that most of their range is FAR away from the east coast too so I was very surprised to see them. Can anyone tell me if they are making a comeback in this area or just in general?  They are exceptionally beautiful!  

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spelling errors because I'm stupid.

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Maybe try reposting this on the general discussion section, and you might get more response.

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They are making a big comeback thanks to some dedicated re-introduction and protection programs. You can get an idea where and how often birders are reporting seeing them in the area here : Trumpeter Swan Reports

Here in Ontario, they were almost wiped out, but the re-introduction program means it is estimated there are over 1,000 pairs here now. Over 100 spend the winter at a par not far from my house.

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