Clyde and Lela Must Remain Below Bridge


Pugnaciuos Swans to Have Realm of Their Own in Forebay Above Power Dam

The Mirror Pond’s pugnacious swans, “Clyde” and “Lela,” are to be placed in a miniature refuge in the power dam forebay immediately below the Newport Avenue bridge, it was announced today, when means of isolating the battling birds from young swans that are to be placed on the mirror pond were approved. Work on a screen under the bridge, to keep the parental swans from returning upstream, was to be started this afternoon. The two swans will be herded by boat into this enclosure.

Steps to remove the two old swans from the Mirror Pond were taken after the Kiwanis trapped four of the old orchard swans with the intention of placing these birds in the scenic pond upstream. It was then decided that “Clyde” and “Lela” would drive the younger birds out of the pond, so the deportation of the old birds was approved. The two old swans have started a nest in the “island” below the Tumalo avenue bridge.

J. Alton Thompson, who has been making a close study of mirror pond birds lately, reports that there are now 16 or 17 swans on the Deschutes river. Reports were received that one of the old orchard swans was dead, but this report had not been verified this morning.

The clubmen hope to take all the young swans and one older bird from the old orchard into the mirror pond. Four swans are still downstream.

Source: Bend Bulletin

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