Date: 4/20/17 8:13 pm
From: Florence Sanchez <sanchezucsb11...> [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Swan ID
Dear Hugh,
I haven't tried to figure this one out, but in the photos I've seen, the neck carriage does seem to suggest Mute Swan is in there somewhere.
Or, the neck carriage also may indicate Whooper Swan is in there somewhere. I've only seen one in the wild (on a VENT trip to Alaska in 2006) but our leaders pointed out that besides the yellow pattern on the bill, the longer neck than the 1000 or soTundras it was with and the tendency to position it more back on the shoulders (my words, not theirs) is another identifying characteristic, shared by Trumpeter Swans as well. Not sure any of this helps.  Maybe someone will find a swan feather on shore.
Bird ID puzzles are fun.
Florence Sanchez


On Thursday, April 20, 2017 6:11 PM, "<zonetail...> [sbcobirding]" <sbcobirding-noreply...> wrote:


  The swan seen recently (possibly still there) at the Andree Clark Bird Refuge
sparked quite a bit of discussion. I brought the bird up on ID Frontiers to get
international input, and whilst the number of responses was underwhelming, there
seems to be consensus that the bird is not a Tundra Swan, at least not 100%
Tundra. Most feel the bird is a hybrid, with one of the parents being Mute
Swan. The other parent is more of a mystery. It is felt there is too much
yellow coming in on the bill for it to be of Tundra origin. That leaves us with
Bewick's and Whooper, both European species, with most votes going for the
latter.

So from whence did this bird arrive? It seems most likely it's an escape from a
collection. The birds relative tameness would point to such a conclusion.

This is, of course, all conjecture. As Louis Bevier wrote, "Get some poop or
feathers. DNA is the only way!" And as I said to him, "I'm not wading into the
Bird Refuge."

On a different note, I was at Lake Los Carneros this afternoon and heard what
was a dead ringer for Kentucky Warbler singing across the lake from the dam.
I've been fooled before, and at the same location, to boot. Common
Yellowthroats can occasionally give songs that are extremely similar to
Kentucky Warbler. I did, however, walk around to check it out; and of course
the bird had shut up by the time I got over there. If this were mid-May or June
the chances of Kentucky Warbler at LLC would be greater than on April 20th.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara

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