Date: 4/13/17 6:50 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Calvert Trumpeter Swan, 4/13
Thanks to an alert from Leslie Starr, I was able to detour from work and find one of the two Trumpeter Swans that Mikey Lutmerding found last Friday. The location is somewhat dangerous, especially in the afternoon, as rush hour traffic is pretty heavy there. There are three ponds at the intersection of Rts. 4 and 260 (Pennsylvania Avenue and Chesapeake Beach Road) on the southbound side of the divided highway. The northern most pond is really small, the middle pond is larger and partly obscured through trees, and the most southern pond is also partly obscured by trees. The swan was in the southern pond. It was sleeping but the head/bill was clearly visible.

Note that because of the guardrail, the shoulder isn't terribly wide. If you're there in the morning, the bulk of the traffic is flowing north. Reverse that in the afternoon. Because the shoulder drops off steeply beyond the guardrail, it might be safest to park at Drury Lane, just to the south of the ponds, and walk back. A scope would be handy, for sure.

Thanks Mikey and Leslie!
Tyler Bell
California, Maryland

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