Date: 1/9/18 2:07 pm
From: Tom <annntom...>
Subject: Re: [IN-BIRD-L] swans in Mooresville
OK so I am answering myself.  I observed the swans mentioned in the
previous message around 9 and 9:30 this morning.

This afternoon about 3 I was splitting wood and heard the woosh of the
wings of a large bird and looked up in time to see six swans flying by
then circling near the dam and landing in the middle of the frozen
lake.  I wasn't going to let another swan observation go without ID. 
They were too far away for binos or our small scope whose tripod I had
broken a couple of days before.  I jumped in the car and drove to the
closest point with a better observation.  I got behind the school bus
but the birds were still in the middle drinking from the puddles in the
ice when I got to my observation point.  Now they were back lit and 5
were observed to have orange bills.  The sixth was not seen well enough
but assumed to be a Mute Swan as well.

There is still only one hole in the ice and I will try to get back over
there tomorrow to see if there has been any turn over before the warm
weather opens the lake more.

Tom Hougham

on Lamb Lake in SW Johnson Co

On 1/9/2018 12:31 PM, Tom wrote:
> Taking Ann to the airport this AM we noticed 7 swans on a borrow pit
> lake named Welch Lake.  It is on IN 267 just North of Mooresville.
> This is just North of a couple of active gravel pits.  On returning I
> turned into the group of houses on the North side of the lake but
> couldn't see the swans.  Apparently this AM the only place to see
> these birds was from 267 itself which was too busy to stop on.  I
> couldn't see the heads adequately while driving to give more than a
> Swan sp ID.  They were in with some geese and other water fowl which
> also due to circumstance were not IDed.
> Tom Hougham
> on Lamb Lake in SW Johnson Co
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