[Tweeters] Trumpeter k17 spotted

Kelly McAllister mcallisters4 at comcast.net
Sat Nov 24 18:13:52 PST 2007


Visit the Trumpeter Swan Society website to find an out-of-date tidbit about
K17 and her mate, who wears the satellite transmitter. Apparently, these two
have been wintering in the Skagit Valley for some time.

http://www.trumpeterswansociety.org/washington.htm

Kelly McAllister
Olympia, Washington



----- Original Message -----
From: "Gary Bletsch" <garybletsch at yahoo.com>
To: "tweeters tweeters" <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Sent: Saturday, November 24, 2007 10:44 AM
Subject: [Tweeters] Trumpeter k17 spotted



> Dear Tweeters,

>

> I cannot find the address where I should direct this,

> but I saw a couple of neck-banded Trumpeter Swans on

> 11-23-07. They were on the Butler Flats, north of

> Burlington, Skagit County, near the east end of

> Kelleher Road.

>

> One had a green neck collar with the white characters

> "K17." The second character was a vertical stroke with

> no serifs--I assume it was a "one."

>

> The total number of birds in the flock was 14, all

> Trumpeters. Another banded bird had a white collar of

> sorts on its neck. This collar had no numerals or

> letters that I could see; a slender, dark-colored

> object protruded along the side of the cylindrical

> collar. i am guessing it was a radio transmitter.

>

> Yours truly,

>

> Gary Bletsch

>

> PS When I tried to figure out what that second

> character was in "K17," it reminded me of a Brian

> Regan comedy sketch. The customer service rep in the

> sketch is giving the customer a code number that he

> will have to input, and the code number is made up of

> nothing but lower-case ells, ones, zeroes, and letter O's.

>

>

> Yours truly,

>

> Gary Bletsch

>

> near Lyman (Skagit County), Washington

>

> garybletsch at yahoo.com

>

>

>

>

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