Date: 1/4/19 9:58 am From: Joe Roller <jroller9...> Subject: [cobirds] Swan ID based on leg thickness and foot size
Many years ago I noticed that adult swans standing on ice were differentiated by leg and feet size, especially when they (the swans, not the legs) were standing near each other. Trumpeter: thick legs and feet like swim fins Tundra: thinner legs, smaller feet. These features are easy to see in the fine photos from yesterday.
As a lyric in the Fats Waller song (*Your feels too big!)* points out: *"Your pedal extremities are colossal!" (sung to a Trumpeter)*
Joe Roller, Denver amateur podiatrist
Another stanza goes: "*There were four of us, me, your big feet and you!* *From your ankles up, I'd say you sure look sweet;* *From there down there's just too much feet*".
Of course, that sort of body shaming was acceptable in the 1930's. This year, not so much.