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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.



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