Species, Date, Time and Location Information
Duration (total time in view):
15 -20 minutes
Bear Creek Lake Park; southern side of Bear Creek Reservoir
110 acre reservoir surrounded by young cottonwoods and shortgrass prairie. used by both Cormorants and Am. White Pelicans.
Kowa TSN 20 to 60 Variable
probably about 750 feet
I was looking toward the sun; the sun was to my right as I looked at the birds. I was able yo get pretty good looks through my scope. Distance was more a factor than light.
Description of the Bird
6 white swans flew into the lake at considerable distance from me. I then looked at the birds through my spotting scope and observed yellow lores on at least two of the birds.
Behaviors: I saw the birds circle and drop into the lake; they then just floated along in a group.
Plumage: adult and juvenile
Similar Species Discussion
I eliminated the Trumpeter Swan as I was able to see the yellow lores on several birds. Also I studied the border where the head met the bill and it appeared more rounded than pointed.
The Sibley Guide to Birds after my observations.
I have identified both Trumpeter and Tundra Swans in the past, but never in large numbers.
Notes made AFTER observation
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Date Documentation Submitted
12/30/2008 11:23:00 AM