That Whistling Swans must have visited northern Alabama rather frequently in earlier days is witnessed by the number of water areas that bear their name.
As examples, there is a Swan Pond in Madison County, a Swan Creek and a Swan Lake in Limestone County. In more modern times, swans occur in this end of the State only as rare and irregular visitors. In the 20-year history of the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, Whistlers have been recorded in refuge bird records on only four occasions.
Author: Thomas Z. Atkeson
Volume Number: 6 Year Published: 1958
Issue Number: 1-2
Page Number: 11
Link to article: http://birdlife.aosbirds.org/1958/Vol 6 No. 1, 2_1958_p11-12.pdf
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