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Swans on Storke
updated: Feb 06, 2013, 8:45 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

While driving down Storke Road towards Isla Vista School Monday morning about 8:00am, I notice two very large white birds in the field on the right between the driving range and West Campus housing. I slowed waaaay down and got a really good look: Swans. Mute swans, to be precise. I read that they were introduced to North America but have never seen them "in the wild". I'm curious if anyone knows this pair or has other sightings to report. Thanks!

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 COMMENT 371668 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 09:16 PM

Yes! I live nearby and have had the pleasure of seeing them numerous times. I've noticed them over the last few weeks in the same area you noticed them.


 COMMENT 371676P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 09:56 PM

How wonderful! I'd like to go and see them. Can you recommend a time that the chances would be the best?


 COMMENT 371681 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-06 10:49 PM

Swans are beautiful birds, but should not be approached, they can attack, especially if protecting cygnets.


 COMMENT 371686P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 12:04 AM

JULIAN: Good point. Many people do not know a swan can break bones, human bones, with a good swing of a wing.


 COMMENT 371697P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 06:34 AM

I've seen them walking by there on my lunch hour, peaceful and beautiful to look at :)


 COMMENT 371705P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 07:13 AM

I've seen them at Lake Los Carneros now and then.


 COMMENT 371709 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 07:19 AM

Yes, there is currently 1 at Lake Los Carneros. It's mate is at the Wildlife Care Network receiving care due to an infestation of mites. They hope to return it to it's mate.


 COMMENT 371896 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 12:53 PM

probably Snowy Egrets not swans.

Snowy Egrets and Great Blue Herons are common around Goleta.

I've wondered if thei're here due to a genetic memory of long-past times when the airport was a lagoon with swamp surrounding, perfect habitat for those species.


 COMMENT 371964 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 03:14 PM

I egret to inform you, that's no ugly duckling!


 COMMENT 372054 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-07 08:01 PM

896 They are swans. Check out the local birding sites. There are several postings regarding them by Aububon members. I saw them today. One is a possible juvie Tundra.


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