Swan Sighting

Yesterday we stopped to take a walk near the pond by an old gravel pit.  Back in the day, this was one of Molly’s favorite swimming holes.  Now, she’s not too interested in water or bringing back sticks, but we still like walking there.  Anyway, as soon as the pond came into sight we could see a big ol’ swan swimming around in it.  As we got closer, I took some pictures and I had a feeling I’d seen this swan before.  Bet you’re wondering how does she know it’s the same one she’s seen before?  Well, you see this swan was wearing a yellow collar.  When we got back to the cabin I was so excited when I checked the pictures and sure enough, the number on the collar was 26C.  DSCN0955Back in the March of 2010 I saw this same swan and reported it to the USGS.  Here it is swimming around in the same pond.P1030521-1

At that time I reported it and received this Certificate of Appreciation.  The cool part about it is knowing the swan was born in 2004.  Cert of Appric-1

But to take this one step further the first time I saw this swan in 2009!  At that time it was in a river not too far away from the gravel pit pond.  It had a couple cygnets along with it as well as another banded swan.  I sure wish I would’ve reported both of them at the time.tundra swan, cygnets & wood duck-2

As you can see, it doesn’t take much to make my day!

Linked up to Tammy's Photography Spot "Behind The Camera".


Nancy said...

How cool is that tagged swan?
You mean Molly doesn't enjoy swimming or fetching sticks anymore? Is she retired?
Great photo Cindy and your siting.

TexWisGirl said...

so neat!

Beth said...

I love the photos of the swans. They are gorgeous!

I have wondered so much about Molly as you haven't mentioned her much lately. How is she?

Terry's Tete-a-tete said...

That is so neat. Have seen a swan here once or twice but never saw a collar on them.

Tammy said...

That is so cool! How did you know who to call to report the sighting? I wouldn't have known I was supposed to report it at all.

I'm always happy to see you link up with us at "behind the camera". Have a great weekend!

TexWisGirl said...

hey, girlie! congrats on being a featured blog on the Outdoor Blogger Network this week!!! woo hoo!!! you go, girl! :)

Kimmy said...

Oh my gosh that is just too cool girl! We're gonna call you the Swan Whisperer. lol

Sherry said...

That is so cool that they tag them like that and that you were the one that spotted them. I bet from now on you'll report it every time you see one. It's a shame you didn't think of it when you saw the first 2.
Was looking at your other pics. I think bobcats and wolves would make me a bit nervous. Being up there walking around you never know when something might jump out at you lol. You sure got some neat shots tho!

TexWisGirl said...

donkeys aka jackasses. :)