Trumpeter Swan invades area waters but finds danger
Winter is tough on all wildlife here in Southeastern Idaho, but with about 1000 Trumpeter Swan on the Teton and Snake River system, any open water gets a lot of attention. Often landing on warm creeks are dangerous because of the telephone and electrical lines that run through the area.
This group is resting and feeding on the Henrys Fork of the Snake River.
Flashers are placed on wires near feeding areas and flight zones to alert the swans of the wires.
At times when groups of swan looks for water to rest and feed on, sometimes the lead birds block out the danger of the back birds. Here is a dead Trumpeter that hit an electrical wire over the Texas Slough in the Burton area, probably breaking its neck.
This beautiful bird is flying over the area where the dead swan is laying. Hopefully it will see and stay clear of all the wires along the slough.
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