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Swans numbers in good shape

November 24, 2012
By GARRY BRANDENBURG , Times-Republican

TRUMPETER SWANS (Cygnus buccinator) are the largest waterfowl. It is all white except for its black beak. It can weigh up to 32 pounds and fly very well on its powerful wings spanning 8 feet. They are much larger than any goose, sound different, and do not have black wing tips as the snow goose possess. Other swan species may look similar from a distance, but be careful. An occasional Tundra swan may appear in fall migrating flocks, as one did several years ago at Green Castle. It has a small dash of yellow on its beak just forward of its eye. We are not likely to see the Bewick's swan or the Whooper swan, the latter being primarily a Eurasian species.

 
 
 

 

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