Sunday, March 28, 2010
Trumpeter Swans in Stratford...
Finally, I found birds worth looking at! Hopefully, these will hold up and not be escapees.
I was driving to pick up a pizza, which took me past a small pond on the Stratford/Shelton line (actually in Stratford), when I noticed two non-Mute swans. I figured they were Tundras, based only on location. I quickly called a few people, and we agreed that these two swans were indeed Trumpeter swans.
No tags or bands were seen to indicate they are escapees, but like I said on CTbirds... that is not my field.
Frank Mantlik has some better shots, but here are two out of the bunch I took. We noted the red gape, long and straight bill, black legs, and overall huge-ness.
(click on photos for larger version)