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:
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:
A few photos are also attached
Directions: Go to Ledges Whitewater River Park on the French Broad River (Alexander)
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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