January 2, 2004
Starting around the
17th of December, three Trumpeter Swans were seen at
Pottawatomie State Fishing Lake #2. I was able to go and visit
them on January 2nd, and all three were still at the lake. At
least two of the three have orange tags on them with numbers.
The two that I was able to read after viewing my photographs
were: #341 & #342. All three also appear to have leg bands.
Trumpeter Swans are yet another bird that
has made a strong recovery after sharp population declines in
the early 1900's. In 1932 only 69 Trumpeter Swans were known
to exist worldwide, but later a population was found in
Alaska. Currently, approximately 16,000 wild Trumpeter Swans
exist. To have three swans visit
a small lake in Kansas is certainly a treat. For more
Trumpeter Swan information, please
follow this link.