Date: 11/18/18 2:51 am From: Linda Ward (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Possible juvenile trumpeter swan
Yesterday, Sat, we thought we might have seen a juvenile trumpeter swan from the photo blind at Pea Island NWR, Dare County, NC. The first thing that we noticed was how much larger this swan was from the nearby tundra adults and juveniles, both longer and bigger overall. The neck appeared longer than the tundra juveniles as well. The overall color was a darker grey than the tundra juveniles. It did not appear to be associating with any adults. The most outstanding difference between this bird and the tundra juveniles was the bill. The base of the bill was a thick black, then pink, then a black tip. But the base was the most outstanding feature. Compared to the tundra juveniles, who had very thin black llines (if any) around the base of the bill. We returned to the blind to try to get a poor photo with an iphone, but could not re-locate this individual. I hope someone will see it and report.
Thousands of red heads and tundra swans out there yesterday...along with avocets, marbled godwits, skimmers, to name a few.