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Evan Carlson

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Swan Help
« : January 23, 2016, 04:20:27 PM »
The other day I saw 12 swans out on the ice on Peoria Lake and called them Trumpeter Swans because I thought the immature birds were darker than what I thought an immature Tundra would be in mid-January. But I guess I got that field mark backwards? An immature swan with a lot of white rules out a Trumpeter, but an immature swan with little or no white does not rule out a Tundra?

Anyway, today there were three swans remaining, and they swam up close and let me get a look at what I think are Tundra Swans. I want to post some pictures here and make sure I'm doing swans right before I spend the rest of my life misidentifying them.

20160123_162806 by Evan Carlson, on Flickr

20160123_162923 by Evan Carlson, on Flickr

20160123_162927 by Evan Carlson, on Flickr

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« #1 : January 23, 2016, 04:46:26 PM »
I am no expert on swans, but judging by the "U" shape at base of bill and the ability to distinguish the eyes from the black of the bill....i would say Tundra.
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Walter Marcisz

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« #2 : January 26, 2016, 08:09:19 AM »
Evan,

I have already discussed this with you previously, but for the record the three birds in your photo are clearly Tundra Swans, based on head shape, bill size/shape/ and pinched lores/separated eye. I have been looking at Trumpeter Swans all winter - the birds in your photo do not look like Trumpeter Swans at all.

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.

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Swan Help
« #3 : January 26, 2016, 01:45:30 PM »
Evan,

I have already discussed this with you previously, but for the record the three birds in your photo are clearly Tundra Swans, based on head shape, bill size/shape/ and pinched lores/separated eye. I have been looking at Trumpeter Swans all winter - the birds in your photo do not look like Trumpeter Swans at all.

Walter Marcisz
Chicago, Cook Co.

I agree

 

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