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Swans seen on Ruskin pond


March 18, 2021

Orlyn Renz, Ruskin, snapped this photograph of trumpeter swans swimming on a pond owned by Mark Eggers. Trumpeter swans are a rare sight in this area. They are the largest of the water fowl birds in North America, with a wing span which can measure up to nearly 80 inches. The birds are entirely white with black bills and legs. They eat aquatic vegetation and forage in agriculture fields. Immature birds are grayish brown.

With thousands of snow geese passing through this area during the annual fall and spring migration, it isn't unusual to see white birds this time of year. Occasionally we have had whooping cranes stop at Lovewell. Pelicans are regular visitors but few people see the occasional Trumpeter Swans.

Orlyn Renz, a rural resident living northeast of Hardy, is among the few who have seen the occasional visitors in this area.

Earlier this month, Renz snapped these pictures of what appeared to be a family group on Mark Eggers' pond in East Central Nuckolls County. Based upon their size, two appeared...

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