mute swan (Cygnus olor)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 40 inches
Large, long-necked waterbird with short legs and a short duck-like bill
Long neck held in distinctive "S" curve at rest
Orange bill with black base, lores and knob above bill
Black legs and feet
Entirely white plumage
Fluffy back feathers
Female has smaller bill knob
Similar species: Adult easily separated from other swans and geese by its
orange bill and black knob above bill.
Breeding Habitat:Wetland-open water
Length of Incubation: 36(35-41) days
Days to Fledge:115-155
Number of Broods:1
Diet: Almost exclusively plant matter; lesser quantities of aquatic
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May Acc
Su - Summer: June, July, August Acc
Fall: September, October, November
Winter: December, January, February Acc
Crooked Run Valley