French Swan, vintage sign, Red Horse, measures 15 by 26 inches on distressed wood. In large shallow ponds, quiet lakes, backwoods wetlands and on wide slow rivers and marshes these large stately birds make their homes. Better known as the trumpeter swan, it is the largest waterfowl species in North America. John Audubon made the bird famous with his iconic image of a swimming swan about to eat a moth. Once verging on extinction, it now numbers in the tens of thousands. It is a fitting bird for Robyn's Lake House. Their calls are loud and musical, with cries similar to a trumpet.