Congratulations to John! Such a notable lifetime achievement. .... And
what a wonderful story and happy moment for you folks.
By the way, Ron Payne and I were birding together when we discovered the
swans. It was Ron who remembered that I might have my iPad in the car
and that we should get the word out if there it could get enough
reception. Barely got it sent with only one bar of reception.
On 11/14/2014 8:46 PM, Barbara Brosnan wrote:
> Ian Worley's post of the Tundra Swans arrived on my computer around 12:30
> today, Friday, and I told John knowing that this was a species he had yet to
> add to his life list. His response was "I have to go see these birds." I
> asked why the urgency and he said "Right now I have 599 species on my ABA
> life list."
> We drove through spitting snow and at 1:10 we arrived at the boat access on
> Turkey Lane. Sure enough two pure white Tundra Swans were swimming off the
> point just to our north. They slowly swam out to a shallow reef of rocks
> and began feeding and preening. We could not see a bright yellow spot but
> we clearly saw the short concave bill and round head and fat cheeks. Their
> faces were smudged with a rusty yellow color, probably from where they had
> been feeding. Just as we were turning to leave, the clouds opened just
> enough to send a shaft of bright sunlight to spotlight these two brilliant
> white birds out on the gray water. Number 600 could not have been more
> Thank you for everyone who posts their birding finds, and thank you Ian. We
> never know which of our birds will be special for someone else out there.
> Barbara Brosnan