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Documentation of Tundra Swan

Observer Information

Reporter:  Polly Neldner 
Other Observers:  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

Species:  Tundra Swan
First Date/Time:  11/25/2010
Last Date/Time: 
Duration (total time in view):  15 to 20 minutes
County:  Huerfano
Specific Location:  La Veta town lakes approximately .5 miles south of La Veta
Number:  9
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Unknown
Plumage:  Other/Unknown


On frozen lake. One lone cottonwood. Shrubby area

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  35X digital zoom and, Kowa TSN 773 Prominar spotting scope. 12X50 binoculars
Distance:  50 ft.
Light:  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
Plumage: Adult

Similar Species Discussion

We eliminated Trumpeter swan because of yellow by the eye, which was only seen briefly, but well by all of us.

Resources Used

Sibley guide to Birds, Peterson Guide. We were all taking turns referring to the guides and looking through the spotting scopes.

Previous Experience

We have seen both Tundra and Trumpeter Swans before


Notes made DURING observation

Additional Information

Comments: Due to size constrictions, the photos had to be cropped to such and extent that the 9th bird cannot be it was a few feet from the others.
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Elevation: 7000 ft
Other Dates: none
Nearest Town: La Veta
Independent Observers: Dave and Marta Moore called us from the lakes to tell us the birds were there. They wanted confirmation of number and species.

Materials Available

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Date Documentation Submitted

11/28/2010 8:45:00 PM

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