Those are suggested names for a group of swans — certainly more classy than just “flock”. However, there should be a special designation for the hundreds (thousands?) of swans that congregate along the Mississippi River in Monticello, Minnesota, where heated water from the nuclear power plant keeps a large stretch of the Mississippi River open each winter.
Recently, photographer-naturalist Paul Sundberg photographed the “lamentation” (I’ve decided I like that appellation best) of Trumpeter Swans there and I encourage you to visit his Jan 20 “photo of the week” because the image below doesn’t do justice to his photos.
To really be impressed with the density of swans that congregate in this area, check out the video below. One woman began feeding ducks and geese in her backyard in 1986, and it has escalated to feeding almost a ton of corn per day to a couple thousand swans along with the other waterfowl. Click here to read a recent article about this endeavor.
UPDATE January 22 — I just found this wonderful post by Sparky, well worth a visit to his site, to see his video and photos of the Monticello (nuclear) Swans.