[Tweeters] dead swan, snoqualmie Valley south of Monroe-Crescent Lake vicinity

Jody Breckenridge jbreckenridge at r2usa.com
Wed Mar 14 10:15:36 PDT 2012

Ron, Carole and Tweeters,
I just spoke with a wildlife biologist a few minutes ago that is in the
field where the bird was seen. He works with Martha and responded to my
report. He saw two coyotes feeding on the bird, as well as some crows;
unfortunately nothing left to take a sample--only feathers--but he feels
it's a lead poisoning bird. Hopefully none of the local eagles ate off the

Jody Breckenridge
north of Monroe, rural Sno Cty
jbreckenridge at r2usa dot com


From: Ron & Carole [mailto:res0y3oz at frontier.com]
Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 6:58 PM
To: jbreckenridge at r2usa.com
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] dead swan,snoqualmie Valley south of Monroe-Crescent
Lake vicinity

Martha Jordan of the Trumpeter Swan Society retrieves them and
does"autopsies" to determin if it is due to lead poisoning.
Ron & Carole Louderback
Kennewick WA
"If there is a mark of perfection, it is simply that it can tolerate the
imperfections of others. "
Fenelon, 17th century

----- Original Message -----
From: Jody <mailto:jbreckenridge at r2usa.com> Breckenridge
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 3:08 PM
Subject: [Tweeters] dead swan,snoqualmie Valley south of Monroe-Crescent
Lake vicinity

Last evening around 6:30pm while driving north on West Snoqualmie Valley
Road toward Monroe, I saw what looked like a dead trumpeter swan in the
field east of the road; it was raining hard and I couldn't get a very clear
view though. I reported it to the WDFW hotline right away. I'm wondering
if anybody else might have seen this bird. I was scanning the valley for
birds as I usually do while driving this road (on a more positive note I saw
at least 5 or 6 red tail hawks perched on fenceposts along the road within a
4-mile area, as well as an immature bald eagle in a tall tree not far from
one of the hawks). The swan was located at the south edge of the shallow
ponded/flooded area in the valley east of the road I was on. My location at
the time of sighting was just south of Mt. Forest Blvd. Anybody else travel
this road and if so, did you see anything? Further north, in the field west
of Crescent Lake I saw 17 swans, and in another nearby field east of the old
reformatory farm I saw a half dozen or so along a fencerow -- all seemed
healthy from a distance.


Jody Breckenridge,
north of Monroe, rural Sno Cty
jbreckenridge at r2usa dot com


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