Re: Swan ID - Andree Clark Bird Refuge


Dave Compton
 

Just looked at these, first on my phone and then on my monitor. I think we can all agree this bird is not (1) a Mute Swan or (2) a Trumpeter Swan. The first look on my phone really got my attention because of what I first perceived to be a large yellowish area on the bill. But zooming in on the image, and then looking at it on my monitor, shows what looks to me like a discrete area of yellow as an adult Tundra (Whistling) would have, and a pale, off-color area next to the yellow. I suspect this is your basic Tundra, and that pale area will soon enough turn black. This is a young bird transitioning to a more adult appearance. And part of the bill is still clearly pink. So it would be interesting to see this bird when the pink has all gone. 

Of course, if I'm right, this is still a nice bird for the location and the time of year. I've never seen one here in April, and this is only a few days from being record late here. If I'm not right, I'd be happy to be corrected, and really hope this bird stays around.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Sat, Apr 15, 2017 at 2:40 PM, Noah Arthur semirelicta@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

That's an odd bird, and likely Asian IMHO... If a Tundra, it's an Old World 'Bewick's' Swan, given all the yellow on the bill. Another possibility might be immature Whooper Swan, and yet another might be MuteXTundra... But I'm no expert when it comes to swans...

Noah

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On Sat, 4/15/17, Christopher Kibler kibler@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: [sbcobirding] Swan ID - Andree Clark Bird Refuge
To: sbcobirding@...
Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017, 3:42 PM


 









I spotted a swan in Andree Clark
Bird Refuge this morning, on the west side near the SB zoo.
It's not a mute swan. I tentatively IDed it as a tundra
swan, but I would appreciate the insights of someone with
more expertise. Sorry for the poor photo quality.
The eBird checklist is here: http://ebird.org/ebird/
view/checklist/S35987631
Thanks,ChrisGoleta










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