The sun was shining brightly for once and there wasn’t any wind, so I thought it might not be too cold to go for a walk at the local reservoir (temperature was a brisk -12F) to see if I could find the swans that sometimes hang out there. As I peered over the bridge to look down the outlet of Sucker Lake, I could see “steam” rising over the creek and swans swimming in the distance.
“Steam” on a frigid day comes from open water evaporating into the far colder air above the surface. On this day there was a 40 degree difference between water and air temperature.
A pair of Trumpeter Swans immediately made their way over to me, expecting to be fed I suppose. The local residents take quite an interest in these swans and bring stale bread and corn flakes to feed them.
I had nothing to offer them, so they moved on.
Only the water in the lake outlet is open, and I could see there was very little vegetation to dredge up from the bottom. So, I’m not sure what these birds have to eat here, other than the hand-outs from humans.
Food may, in fact, be limited here, because there are far fewer swans and ducks than I have seen here in previous years.
The same scene this time two years ago.
A more typical winter scene where Sucker Lake empties into the creek. taken January 2013.