Swans of a different color on Lake James

Two adult trumpeter swans and six cygnets float on turbulent gray waters of Lake James recently. Trumpeter swans are a native species to North America, unlike the mute swans more commonly seen on local lakes. Trumpeter swans have expanded their range in recent years as they continue their comeback from near-extinction, according to The Cornell Lab, Cornell University. Their necks are straighter than the orange-beaked mute swans.

Eventually, a mute swan, right, that had been nearby on this bay on the second basin of the lake, encounters the family of trumpeter swans visiting Lake James.

The mute swan then decides to get aggressive with the family of trumpeter swans on Lake James. It is possible the trumpeter swans were migrating through northeast Indiana.

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