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Seven Swans A’Swimming

On our way to Madison we wanted to see if the swans had returned to a little creek off 131.

Last year, I spotted large white birds in a swampy area near the road, we pulled over and i took a dozen or more photos. It was easier to count the cygnets when enlarging the photo than with my regular eyesight—binoculars were in my truck—in Texas—not in Wisconsin.

We were not disappointed.

A mated pair herded five fully fledged cygnets in a largish pond but much farther away. Two other swans wandered around further away—guessing they were the previous year’s young.

and next to the road was this protesting red-winged blackbird

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