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Several days ago, Sunday to be exact, I posted a request on the Missouri
listserv asking what the MBRC did with the Whooper Swan that showed up at
Fountain Grove W.M.A. a few years ago. (The latest MO checklist on the ASM
website is the 1998 update, and Whooper Swan is not mentioned on it. I don't
remember whether the Fountain Grove Whooper was pre-1998 or post-1998). So
far, I have received no responses to my post.

Perhaps Mark Robbins or Chris Hobbs will see this post and remember. I'm
reasonably sure the bird did not get full status on the Missouri list (which
includes Barnacle Goose and Mute Swan on its hypothetical list because of
the problem of determining origin) but I do not recall what the decision
was, or the rationale for it
.
Bob Fisher
Independence, Missouri
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Brandon Percival" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2003 2:16 PM
Subject: Re: Whooper Swan


> Has anyone checked with the zoos in Missouri or other nearby states??
>
> It would be nice to find out where all the sightings (accepted or origin
> in question) of Whooper Swans there are in the Lower 48 States and
> interior North America.  If there is a pattern of vagrancy of Whooper
> Swans, this might indicate that this bird in Kansas could be a wild bird.
>  Remember, the Missouri Records Committee voted to accept the Smew, which
> they did, most likely because they researched other interior North
> American records, and date(s) fits a pattern, so the bird was accepted.
> On the other hand, the Colorado Birds Records Committee, did not accept
> the Baikal Teal as being a wild bird, that tons of people saw, because
> there wasn't much of a pattern.  Though, they have accepted Garganeys and
> Tufted Ducks, because there is a pattern, as well as both
> whistling-ducks.
>
> Birders who see this Whooper Swan and other odd waterfowl, should
> consider submitting documentation to the Kansas Birds Records Committee.
> Even though it might be an escape (or not), it is a good idea to document
> these kinds of birds.  The KBRC might decide to accept this record, if
> they find out that their is a pattern of vagrancy with the species, and
> date(s) fits the pattern, or they might vote to not accept the record at
> this time, because of origin issues, though if more sightings occur in
> interior North American and the Lower 48, they may decide to accept the
> record at a later date.
>
> Brandon K. Percival
> Pueblo West, CO
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>
> On Thu, 6 Mar 2003 08:09:12 -0600 Art Swalwell <[log in to unmask]>
> writes:
> > According to a response I received from the Director of the Lee
> > Richardson
> > Zoo in Garden City, If the Whooper Swan isn't an escapee from the
> > Emporia
> > Zoo, it's likely a wild bird.  I sent an inquiry to the email
> > address for
> > the Emporia Zoo on Tuesday, but have received no reply.
> >
> > Anybody know anyone at the Emporia Zoo?  Anyone in Emporia want to
> > make a
> > local call and see if the zoo has lost any Whoopers?
> >
> >
> > "Some call me devious, I prefer adroit."  --  Archie McNally
> >
> > Art Swalwell
> > [log in to unmask]
> > Overland Park, KS
> >
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