Mute Swan

Last Day for the GBBC for 2012

This has been a fun and interesting adventure this year as in past years. We expanded slightly and also logged the birds seen at Barber Park, east of Boise and along the Boise River. Surprise species were logged, namely the Mute Swan. Enjoy these photos that I took today. The Great Blue Heron to the left is an example. Keep looking up!

Great Blue Heron ( Arden herodias)

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
The Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) is a species of swan, and thus a member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae. It is native to much of Europe and Asia, and (as a rare winter visitor) the far north of Africa. It is also an introduced species in North America, Australasia and southern Africa. The name ‘mute’ derives from it being less vocal than other swan species. Measuring 125 to 170 centimetres (49 to 67 in) in length, this large swan is wholly white in plumage with an orange bill bordered with black. It is recognisable by its pronounced knob atop the bill. Mute Swans have been introduced into North America and the increase in numbers has deemed it to be an invasive species. Other introduced populations are small, with around 200 in Japan, less than 200 in New Zealand and Australia, and about 120 in South Africa. (

Mute Swan

Waiting For The Peregrine Eggs.

Now the waiting begins with the Boise Downtown Peregrine Falcons. It looks like incubation, on a serious level, has started. So, in the meantime, we still travel the Boise Greenbelt and look for the changing seasons there. I can tell you, the birds are singing an extraordinary chorus. It is beautiful. I will post a video I took on the Bike Cam and you will be able to hear the songs. But here are some photos. Enjoy! The Red-Winged Blackbird, photo on the left, is singing away!

Mallard Duck riding out the high tide!

Mute Swan. There are still four of them at Veterans Pond.

Cormorant. Beautiful. Probably a male.

Male House Finch