It’s as sure a sign of spring as any, the Trumpeter Swans have returned to their favorite resting area in M’Clintock Bay on Marsh Lake, in the Yukon Southern Lakes Area. Approximately 750 swans were counted last week in the bay by the Swan Haven biologists. Each year about 10% of North America’s Trumpeter Swans stop here during spring migration.
Spring Bird banding started last weekend in Whitehorse at McIntyre Creek. Saturday morning, Ben Schonewille and his bird banding team banded 187 birds of 11 species which included Dark-eyed Junco, American Tree Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Myrtle Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Common Redpoll, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird, Lincoln’s Sparrow and Hammond’s Flycatcher.
Yesterday evening, I watched a dozen of Slate-colored Junco (Junco hyemalis) in search of seeds in a small area of forest around Whitehorse (Yukon).