Every year, the Southern Lakes area in the Yukon Territory hosts a spring spectacle of returning swans and other waterbirds. Each year about 10% of North America’s Trumpeter Swans stop here during spring migration. M’Clintock Bay and the Six Mile River are featuring the first open water in the region. These places offer shallow water, access to food, good visibility, and little disturbance to waterbirds, making it a critical stopover on the long migration to northern nesting grounds. In spring 2010, the Trumpeter Swan peak numbers were reached when over 2400 were counted in the area.
Flying Trumpeter Swan.
Migrating shorebirds along the Six Mile River in Tagish.
Trumpeter Swan spreading wings.
Two river otters playing on the icy shore within the migratory birds.
Dead swan on the snowy Mudflats at Tagish Narrows.
A lonely Trumpeter Swan in Dezadeash Lake.
Migrating Geese and Swans flying together.
Trumpeter Swan resting in M’Clintock Bay on Marsh Lake.
Trumpeter Swans flying over the Coast Mountains.
Flying Trumpeter Swans.
Tundra Swans in migration across the Yukon Territory.
Flying Trumpeter Swans above the Six Mile River bridge.
Trumpeter Swans diving for food in M’Clintock Bay on Marsh Lake.