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Paul Neldner, Dave and Marta Moore.; Dave and Marta Moore called us from the lakes to tell us the birds were there. They wanted confirmation of number and species.
Species, Date, Time and Location Information
Duration (total time in view):
15 to 20 minutes
La Veta town lakes approximately .5 miles south of La Veta
On frozen lake. One lone cottonwood. Shrubby area
35X digital zoom and, Kowa TSN 773 Prominar spotting scope. 12X50 binoculars
Very clear day
Description of the Bird
Very large white birds. 9 were observed sleeping on the ice until they finally lifted their heads and we were able to clearly see the bills with yellow by the eye.
Behaviors: Sleeping on the ice
Call: None heard
Similar Species Discussion
We eliminated Trumpeter swan because of yellow by the eye, which was only seen briefly, but well by all of us.
Sibley guide to Birds, Peterson Guide. We were all taking turns referring to the guides and looking through the spotting scopes.
We have seen both Tundra and Trumpeter Swans before
Notes made DURING observation
Date Documentation Submitted
11/28/2010 8:45:00 PM
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