Open water, improved habitat for plants attracts trumpeter swans

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Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013 12:00 am

Randy Garlipp turned his head for a second look. He couldn't believe his eyes. Three trumpeter swans floated in a pool of open water on the mostly ice-covered Carter Lake.

Many types of birds frequent Levi Carter Park. Bald eagles are regular visitors. One mallard has even decided to spend much of its day in Garlipp's yard. But the trumpeter swans, nearly decimated by hunters in the late 19th century, were a surprise. Along with hundreds of ducks and geese, including coots, northern shovelers, mergansers, mallards and Canada geese, the swans were attracted to one of the few open spots in the ice in the Omaha area.

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