Date: 2/23/17 10:37 am
From: ATCClack (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: : Trumpeter Swan still on French Broad River, Asheville


Trumpeter swan is still at Ledges Park just a little bit north as of 12:30 today.Chris Clack


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From: Simon Thompson <carolinabirds...>
Date: 2/18/17 5:37 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Fwd: Trumpeter Swan on French Broad River, Asheville

FolksWe are pretty confident that the swan on the French Broad River just north of Asheville is indeed a sub-adult Trumpeter Swan. Photos have been uploaded to the Carolina Bird Club website:http://www.carolinabirdclub.org/gallery/Johnston/trus.html
Thanks to Doug Johnston, Clifton Avery, John Koon and Tom Bush for getting photos that clinched the ID. It's a tough call, but the "V" shape of the white above the bill is conclusive, Compare this to the U shaped or flat shape on the Tundra Swan.See Sibley's information for more details:http://www.sibleyguides.com/2006/02/distinguishing-trumpeter-and-tundra-swans/
A few photos are also attached
Directions: Go to Ledges Whitewater River Park on the French Broad River (Alexander)https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.google.com_maps_place_Ledges-2BWhitewater-2BRiver-2BPark_-4035.6845176-2C-2D82.6196865-2C17z_data-3D-214m5-213m4-211s0x0-3A0xc81f18538ccbcb6c-218m2-213d35.6845132-214d-2D82.617498-3Fhl-3Den-26authuser-3D0&d=DwIGaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=ymRCw6Q-sBitug_rdeO1Tokz-I_SX2LQN2_Ocvlal9U&m=rJdSGX3taAGb2uR_poTEw4Ovaec2wpemg5Y15HSmHRc&s=AScqHDDxKrvpkPDn7fJ1_LsEmes4IOTsSicHTSX_G5M&e=
Continue downstream for half a mile and park in the large pull-off. The swan was in the river (far side) near this pull-off around 4:30 PM today. Hope it's in the same place tomorrow.As far as I know, this may be a first record for Western North Carolina. Simon
Simon RB Thompson
Ventures Birding Tours
Asheville, North Carolina

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