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  •  I know this is a little late! but (2+ / 0-)
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    BirderWitch, matching mole

    when you saw this swan did you consider the possibility of Trumpeter?  I'm just asking because they are very tough to separate and Trumpeters are occurring in New York now that a captive breeding program is underway in neighboring states and provinces.

    Its tough to make the ID from one photo, but if you have more pictures (or if the bird is still around), it might be worth a second look.

    Here's a link to an article by David Sibley (with links to a series of photos I took on Long Island of Trumpeter and Tundra on the same day).

    As you mention, it is a little early for Tundra, and Trumpeter might be a nice 'pick-up'.

    •  Tundra Has been confirmed. (2+ / 0-)
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      matching mole, nookular

      Hi nookular,
      I have photos taken over a 3 week period, many more heavily cropped and closer than the one I posted here.

      Using my Sibley's guide, my ID was based on yellow lore (Trumpeters don't have that), head and bill.  To support my ID Several members of the local ornithological society have confirmed that this bird is in fact a Tundra.  My observations and photos have been sent to the local compiler and yes, this is a significant sighting for the area.  

      Trumpeters are also in the are these days (we counted one at Iroquois NWR on 10/09011), but have yet to see one on this particular pond.

      "It's a magical world Hobbes, ol' buddy... ...Let's go exploring!" Calvin (Bill Watterson)

      by BirderWitch on Tue Oct 18, 2011 at 07:57:54 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks for the follow-up. (1+ / 0-)
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        Trumpeters are really new down here, so I wasn't sure how aware people are of the possibility.  The pair  I photographed down here were on a pond that I drive past 5 times a week and I didn't give them a second look until another birder mentioned that they might not be Tundras.

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