English and Scientific names:

Swan(Tundra Swan, Cygnus columbianus ?)

Number of individuals: 

2 individual, sex unknown, one appeared to be in juvenile plumage

Locality: LOUISIANA: 


Specific Locality:

Lacassine Pool "D". Lacassine Wildlife Refuge, about 250 yards away in the water, looking from the observation tower.

Date(s) when observed:

December 19, 2009

Time(s) of day when observed:  

10:30 am

Reporting observer and address:

Elias Landry

Avery Island, LA

Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):


Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)


Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):


Optical equipment: 

Vortex binoculars, 8x32, very good condition

Distance to bird(s): 

200 to 300 yards

Duration of observation:

35 to 45 minutes


Open water with some marsh vegetation

Behavior of bird: 

Calmly swimming away from observer, the 2 birds stayed together


Swan shaped, bigger than goose, smaller than pelicans that were in area. One appeared slightly grayer than the other.


No vocalization

Similar species:

White Pelican, size and bill shape eliminated pelican
Snow Goose, size eliminated goose
Great Egret, shape and swans appeared to be swimming not wading

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Photo obtained by Bob Morris

Previous experience with this species: 

Observed a flock of Tundra Swans that spent a few days at the McIlhenny Duck pond near Avery Island in the mid-1980s

Identification aids:


This description is written from: 


Are you positive of your identification? If not, explain: 


Definitely swans, photo suggests Tundra Swan

MemoryDate and time: 

12-22-2009  9:18 am