The Swans Arrive

The Swans Arrive July 26, 2020 on the Napa River

The Swans arrive at Napa River

The swans arrive at Napa River

The swans arrive on the Napa River at low tide. Five juveniles with pop pushing the other birds away while mom brings up the rear. This is actually inside the American Canyon natural waste water treatment area. This is also the second year we have observed this pair of swans raising a family. Last year they also had five little ones. Video by Paul Richards. Music by Howard Harawitz.

“Swans are the largest extant members of the waterfowl family Anatidae, and are among the largest flying birds. The largest species, including the mute swantrumpeter swan, and whooper swan, can reach a length of over 1.5 m (59 in) and weigh over 15 kg (33 lb). Their wingspans can be over 3.1 m (10 ft).[10] Compared to the closely related geese, they are much larger and have proportionally larger feet and necks.[11] Quite unusual for birds, swans have “teeth” – jagged parts of their bill that are used for catching and eating fish.[12] Adults also have a patch of unfeathered skin between the eyes and bill. The sexes are alike in plumage, but males are generally bigger and heavier than females.[9]
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