Date: 2/26/17 1:04 pm From: Harry LeGrand (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Re: Buncombe County Swan
After seeing Jay Wherley's excellent set of photos from Feb. 24 on eBird, the several profile photos -- especially 3 and 4 -- do indeed show the reddish gape, the long bill, straight bill line from the tip to the back of the head, with the peak of the crown well beyond the eye. As I commented before, the V-feathering above the bill is seen on immatures of both Trumpeter and Tundra and is not definitive. The first handful of photos had the bird mostly not in perfect profile with the neck extended, and made me think it was a Tundra. So -- I now move into the Trumpeter camp thanks to the excellent profile photos.
Harry LeGrand Raleigh
On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 3:44 PM, Ben Ringer <carolinabirds...> wrote:
> The swan was still at the Ledges Riverside park Sat. afternoon at : 5:00 > p.m. but was a distance upriver to the right mostly in front of a small > island with trees on. We walked a small fisherman's trail to get closer > and better looks. > > Ben & Carol Ringer >