Trumpeter swan returns to Turnbull Wildlife Refuge - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Trumpeter swan returns to Turnbull Wildlife Refuge



















(Solo the trumpeter swan, who’s been returning to Turnbull National
Wildlife Refuge for at least three and possibly four decades, takes off
from Winslow Pool after returning to the refuge on Monday. This time he
returned with the mate he found in 2009 and three of the four cygnets
they produced that spring. Photo: Spokesman-Review)

SPOKANE, Wash. - Good news for birdwatchers at the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge near Cheney.
     
A trumpeter swan named Solo is alive.
     
They had feared Solo was the swan shot last month on the Colville River, but on Monday, Solo returned to the year's first big patch of ice-free water at Turnbull and he's not alone. Solo was joined by the mate he found last year and three cygnets born last spring, the first brood of cygnets at the refuge in more than 20 years.
     
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service does not know where Solo winters, but each year he returns to the refuge.
     
Wildlife biologist Mike Rule says Solo is more than 33 years old. A normal lifespan for a trumpeter swan is 20-30 years.

Information from: Spokesman-Review

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