Friday, April 5, 2013

Milk Calendar Notes

The Whistling/Trumpeter Swans

Every Spring I watch for
the Whistling or Trumpeter Swans
to land in the field across the road,
on "Ivan Brunk's" field as we still call it.
Ivan and Dorothy have been gone
for many years but we still refer to that farm as such.
My Milk Calendar says that a few years ago they
arrived in early March.

There has been no sign of them for a few years,
perhaps because that field had crops other
then corn?

On Easter Sunday the farmer noticed 
they had arrived - hundreds of them!
It looked like a huge snow drift from a distance
and it sounded like there was a party going on
with cheers of Whoo Hoo.
Such magnificent birds - they're huge when
you get up close and personal!

These magnificent Eastern migrating birds fly
from the shores of Maryland and North Carolina
and are on their one way approx. 4,500 mile trip to
the N.W.T.
They take their time and feed in the open corn fields
along the way as Spring advances.

I made a note in my 2013 Milk Calendar
(which holds all my appointments, birthdates,
special events etc.) 
to watch for them again next year!
I hope that field is planted with corn again this Spring.

Safe travels as you head North,
over the prairies and
on to the MacKenzie River Delta  ......

Till next time......checking the calendar for this weekend's events (Elmira Maple Syrup Festival, Fund Raising Chicken orders due, Stratford's Swan Parade, Marie's birthday, Mark's birthday, etc.)


  1. Have a wonderful weekend, Rosella! A small lake near the house I grew up in always had a pair of swans...we loved seeing the couple :)

  2. I'll never forget the first time I experienced hundreds of these swans in the Skagit Valley of Washington. Amazing site to see them all fly in and land! I didn't realize they hail from N.C. and Maryland. Maple Syrup, swans and birthdays...sounds like a good weekend! Blessings...

  3. Oh how cool! I'd love to see them and hear them! (As long as I don't have to be too close.)

  4. Wow, they are beautiful! Happy Weekend!

  5. I love your maple syrup shacks. I was treated to that experience royally about 10 years ago in Quebec...Friends of ours took us to the wooded forests and demonstrated the actual process. I stood in awe...
    Yes, we all have those milk calendars...too funny and you keep them as they have logged many important events.

  6. What a treat it must be every year to see those stately birds!

  7. Gotta love those milk calendars! The stately birds have taken up wintering in our neighbourhood. I love seeing them on the neighbour's field...but not so much on ours, since they totally destroy our winter crops. They left here about a week away. Who knows...maybe they are meeting up with your trumpeter swans in the NWT.