Whistling Swan in Ventura County
Whistling Swan in Ventura County.--On December 1, 1947, an adult male Whistling Swan, Cygltus columbianus, was captured alive by Mrs. Mary Searcy in a pool in the Sespe Creek, about two miles north of Fillmore. It was exhausted when taken, and was placed in a small wire enclosure and given food and water. There were blood stains on the feathers at the left base of the neck, and a large bruise was visible on the tip of the left wing. Five days later the bird died and was given to W. J. Sheffler of Los Angeles who stated that its death was caused’by an infestation of maggots that ate through the esophagus and most of the flesh on the neck at the point of entry. It is now no. 2701 in Mr. Sheffler’s collection.-SIDNEY B. PEYTON, Fillmore, California, April 2, 1948.