Late this afternoon the low sun in the west lit two trumpeter swans floating just of the thin shelf of ice that has formed on Marl Lake. Wouldn't you know it - left the camera home. The lake sits on the south side of North Higgins Lake State Park near Roscommon. The swans were near the access site in the park just off the small stream that enters the lake at the start of the hiking trails. If the current weather keeps up, the shallow lake will freeze over any day. Where will the swans go? Do they plan to winter in the Cut River? Will they move temporarily to Higgins Lake? Will they just move on?
In recent years there seems to be more trumpeters in the AuSable River system during winter. Maybe we have a growing population.
The Marl Lake area is one of the great natural areas that is open for the public to enjoy in Roscommon County.