March 8, 2019, 5:54 pm
By Dale Dodge
Thor Manson says
Only one other swan possibility in the Okanagan unless we get into the rare stuff. Besides Trumpeter, Tundra Swans are also likely. Several distinguishing characteristics, ( from Trumpeters ), but most obvious are size; ( they are smaller ), and the adults have a yellow patch at the base of the bill. Can sometimes see both species on Vaseux Lake in the Fall/Winter, as long as the lake doesen’t freeze over.
Rare in Western North America are Bewick’s Swans which are a subspecies of the Tundra and their yellow patch is much bigger, taking up to a third of the area of the bill. Finally Mute Swans are in B.C., but not the Okanagan. Best place to look for them are the sloughs south of Vancouver like around Delta, or the ponds of Stanley Park. The adults have a bright orange bill with black at the base. They are an introduced bird from Europe.
Carolyn Tipler says
They were on the oxbow at Road 18 today, at least one was an immature. Why not Whistling Swans?
Trumpeter Swans, they are.
Publisher: Thor has spoken – Trumpeters they are – I would think they are chasing some open water.
Barry Holliday says
Publisher: Thor is our protector – red Hair red Beard. Thor is a Viking. And he loves birds.
Ed Dukes says
Wendy Streeter says
Les W Dewar says
dick Parker says
Richard Simmons Jr. says
But if you “harvested” one and cooked it up, that would be it’s final “swan song ” . No ?
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