Swan Spotted at Andree Clark Bird Refuge

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Swan Spotted at Andree Clark Bird Refuge
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[On Tuesday] at 10:30am, a large white swan was spotted swimming in the bird refuge. In talking with a city worker, they stated that it showed up Monday the 20th, in the far parking lot.

The city workers contacted the Santa Barbara Zoo, to see if they had lost a swan. The zoo stated that they had all of their swans accounted for and that swans are migratory.

It is such a treat to see such a majestic bird in our own back yard.

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destag Aug 22, 2018 07:59 PM
Swan Spotted at Andree Clark Bird Refuge

It's a Mute Swan hybrid, so although not countable as a wild species it is wild or has been for some time. It has been out at Lake Los Carneros for quite some time. It is recognizable by the yellow on the bill.

destag Aug 23, 2018 05:26 PM
Swan Spotted at Andree Clark Bird Refuge

This is in fact the continuing Mute Swan hybrid from Lake Los Carneros. The Tundra posting was later clarified to a hybrid. It has also been at the UCSB lagoon and there were even a pair at LLC a year or two ago but luckily they didn't breed. They are a territorial nuisance and even though they are pretty, a real threat to the rarer pure bred swans.

destag Aug 23, 2018 08:42 AM
Swan Spotted at Andree Clark Bird Refuge

This is now being posted as a Tundra Swan, which also can have some yellow on the bill and is indeed a very rare and countable wild species. The Mute Swan is actually a common visitor here. The Tundra has never been listed as seen before at the Bird Refuge but was seen years back at LLC. SBbirding will check photos to hopefully clarify the species. I'll post if they come to an agreement before this is old news.

Flicka Aug 22, 2018 04:41 PM
Swan Spotted at Andree Clark Bird Refuge

That really is a special treat, thanks for sharing. I have never heard of a swan being there before. Of course, doesn't mean it never happened.

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