16 march 2005 - I have tracked down some of the history of Mute Swans
around Fort Bragg, thanks to some contact info supplied by several (thanks
especially to Feather Forestwalker).
Albert Warmerdam of Fort Bragg purchased a pair of Mute Swans to have on
the pond at Ocean Lake Mobile Home Park (just above Pudding Creek), and
this was prior to fourteen years ago (1991) when Dorothy Morandi moved to
the trailer park. Dorothy recalls the pair nesting and having young at
least two or three years since she has been there. The progeny would
apparently frequent Pudding Creek and would sometimes meet their demise
(illegal hunters, etc.). At one point the original male died (rumor has it
that a dog killed it). The original female continues to nest every year
but they are "false" nests, which I interpret as being empty nests or nests
with unfertile eggs.
Dorothy tells me that there have been a couple attempts to provide new
mates (males) for the lone female, but they tend not to stay around and
sometimes go to Pudding Creek or elsewhere?. The original female
apparently has always stayed at the mobile home park pond.
I would still appreciate any specific observation dates for these
Robert J. Keiffer
Principal Supt. of Agriculture
UC Hopland Research & Extension Center
4070 University Road
Hopland, CA 95449
(707) 744-1424 FAX (707) 744-1040
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