BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE FOREST OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Whooper Swan.

With little time for blogging, but good news from Wednesday on Clougha when I do.


Whooper Swans David Cookson

This is the history of only the second Whooper Swan I've had the opportunity to ring read this winter. I received the sightings history for the marked Whooper Swan BN3 which I found at Bank End on 16 March. 

This bird will be 8 years old come 8 August 2015 and before it departs Cockersands for Iceland it will have already flown an amazing almost 50,000 miles on migration, carrying as an adult a weight of around 14kg, a huge creature for such an annual undertaking.

Ringed Cygnet  Holmavatn S-Thing Iceland 8 August 2007 

Dunkirk, Near Little Downham Cambridgeshire United Kingdom 28 October 2007 

Great Dams Fen, Wardy Hill, Coveney Cambridgeshire U.K 22 January 2008  

Ringneill Bay, Srangford Lough Co. Down Northern Ireland 18 March 2008 

Ringneill Bay, Srangford Lough Co. Down Northern Ireland 18 March 2008

Beechwood Farm, Christchurch Cambridgeshire U.K 24 January 2011

Bank End, Cockerham Lancashire United Kingdom 16 March 2015


I am grateful to Kane Brides once again for this information, and to DC for the Whooper Swans image.

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