Odd Swan......

Discussion in 'Washington Flyway Forum' started by Cryfowl, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. Cryfowl

    Cryfowl Senior Refuge Member

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    Ran across this immature Trumpeter Swan yesterday. I have never seen one with a pure Orange Bill before. Maybe just a color variation. Talked to a local biologists who has seen this same bird. She is still looking into it. Any ideas????
     

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  2. skyhigh

    skyhigh Elite Refuge Member

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    maybe momma got some strange from one of these...

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    actually, I think it is pretty cool and I dont think it is any hybrid, but ya never know?...
    I have seen a few HY swans this year with more reddish bill than a typical HY bird but nothing as complete as your picture...
     
  3. Gun N Run

    Gun N Run Elite Refuge Member

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    Boy thats a tough one. The mute swan is a good point, but the look of the anatomy just doesn't seem hybrid. Please keep us posted if you hear anything about it.
     
  4. riversledder

    riversledder Elite Refuge Member

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    I would guess an Juvie Mute swan. Any White swan with an Orange Culmen in the wild here in Oregon is fair game according to F&W. They are trying to eliminate all the Mute swans that have gotten loose. We were told they are a huge threat to native waterfowl and that they need to be controlled.
     
  5. wdlfbio

    wdlfbio Elite Refuge Member

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    I'm thinking it should be a dead mute swan :)
     
  6. Capt. Cormorant

    Capt. Cormorant Elite Refuge Member

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    Yup!:tu
     
  7. ntropy

    ntropy Elite Refuge Member

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    The bill profile definitely does not look like a trumpeter and doesn't scream Tundra to me (but the camera angle could be the cause). Tundra cygnets can have almost entire pink bills. [​IMG][​IMG]

    But it also looks odd for a mute because there is no black on the bill and only a hint that a knob may be coming. Nevertheless I think it is a mute. Here is what the Trumpeter Swan Society picture of a mute juvey.[​IMG]

    Likewise the British Trust for Ornithology photo of a mute cygnet. [​IMG]
     

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