Last week I posted some Tundra Swan images and mentioned that two of the swans I saw had markers on their necks, these are those swans flying together over the marsh. Their markers are U974 and U961 and I reported that information to the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Bird Banding Laboratory and two days ago I received information about these two Tundra Swans.
They were both banded and had neck collars placed on them on July 28, 2010 at the Northwest Arctic Borough, Alaska as adult birds. Right now they are at least 7 years old.
What I find intriguing (and touching) is that these two pens (females) were banded on the same day and the same location and when I refound them they were in flight together in the same location at Bear River National Wildlife Refuge.
This is a screen shot composite of both Certificate of Appreciation for reporting the banded swans. I’m not sure why the certificates say “Whistling Swans” instead of Tundra Swans but Whistling is the old name for this swan species.
I guess these two Tundra Swans have heard that “birds of a feather flock together”. Nearly 5 years later!
Life is good.