Trumpeters build their nests on top of muskrat or beaver lodges, or they pile sedges and cattail tubers into a mound. The cob (male) uproots the vegetation and transfers it to the pen (female), who piles it high, then uses her body to form a depression for the eggs. The same nest structure may be used from one year to the next. Usually, water surrounds the nest making it difficult for a mammalian predator to surprise the pair. The nests may reach a diameter of six feet or more.
Beginning in late April to early June, the pen lays one creamy white egg every 36-48 hours until a clutch of up to nine eggs is complete. next page >>