Reporter Bested By Mother Goose

Crestfallen, somewhat apologetic, The Bulletin’s waterfront reporter, Paul Hosmer, admitted this morning that he had been very badly “scooped” — a news story that he should have reported about a month ago has showed up on the mirror pond, so old that it has feathers. This story, Hosmer explained, is a lone gosling, first wildlife hatched on Bend’s scenic mirror pond this season.

But, Hosmer apologized, he really had a reason for not discovering the gosling until it was about a quarter grown. The Bulletin’s waterfront reporter, it appears, has been devoting most of his attention to some marital difficulties that have apparently developed on the mirror pond in recent weeks. Since Lela, one of the parent swans of the mirror pond, took up her domestic duties on a slightly elevated nest in the tules just below the Tumalo bridge, Clyde, her mate, has been wandering far afield — in fact, the big bird has been paying little attention to Lela as she sets on an unknown number of eggs out in the Deschutes River.

Last year, Hosmer recalls, Clyde was most faithful to Lela. Seldom did he get more than a hundred yards away from his mate during the nesting season. Several times last year, Hosmer attempted to row close to Lela’s nest, to see if some yellow cygnets might be moving about, but always his approach was blocked by pugnacious Clyde.

“But things are different this year,” Hosmer said, and in his voice there was a hint that birds of the mirror pond should be chatting among themselves, in hushed tones, of the unfaithfulness of a bird that is supposed to stay mated through life. Clyde very frequently makes long excursions down the mirror lake, around the Hosch point and out of sight of his mate. Clyde may just be in quest of food, but Hosmer is a bit suspicious.

But getting back to the lone gosling — and Hosmer was somewhat reluctant to get back — the waterfront reporter said that he had really attempted to keep in touch with the goose family and several weeks ago visited their unoccupied nest, only to find three chilled eggs. Hosmer assumed that some tragedy had overtaken the family and made no further investigation. But it developed that the parent geese deserted their nest after one egg had hatched and had escorted their lone gosling into deep water.

For the past several weeks, the two old geese and their lone offspring of the 1935 season have been making their home on or near the Melvin Cyrus lawn, at 804 Harmon Boulevard, where they are receiving food and attention. Last year, the geese hatched five goslings and immediately went upstream.

Source: Bend Bulletin ©1935

Clyde and Lela Keep Their Old Homestead

swans-homeOld Folks of Swan Family Set Up Housekeeping as Usual, Establishing Calm

Recognizing that family rights should be given priority over any further attempt to enhance the beauty of Bend’s Mirror Pond by bringing in young swans, the Kiwanis Club today announced that “Clyde” and “Lela” will not be disturbed.

The two parental swans, it has developed, have established their spring home at their usual place in the tules below the Tumalo bridge, and “Lela” is now nesting on eggs from which will emerge another brood of cygnets.

With the family rights of “Clyde” and “Lela” now acknowledged, the Kiwanians are still at a loss as to what to do with the four young swans. It appears that these birds will be placed in the power dam forebay. However, no promise is being made that the birds will remain there.

Source: Bend Bulletin

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

Fourteen Ducks Added To Bend’s Population

Mama Mallards Proud But Calm; City Places Ban on Motor Boats in River Here

Life on Bend’s “mirror pond,” home of swans and ducks, was not all routine today. Fourteen tiny ducks, very much resembling brown spiders as they dart over the calm stream, have made their appearance on the pond and considerable excitement reigns amoung the older birds. However, two very dignified and proud mallards are swimming about the river, showing themselves at the edge of lawns. They are the mothers of the 14 little ducks and appear to be the least excited of all the birds in the pond.

The 14 ducks, in batches of 8 and 6, were hatched yesterday, according to information from Clyde M. McKay. Early this morning, the downy flotilla, escorted by two mallards, was in action, swimming around the river. The tiny birds were also accepting food today. All 14 are experienced navigators and can swim nearly as fast as their mothers.

Unlike their mothers, the ducklings are not always calm. Should some inquisitive birds fly over the pond and make a “landing” near the flotilla, the little ducks rush for their mothers and crawl on their backs. McKay is at a loss to know how the tiny birds manage to get aboard, but he knows they do without apparent difficulty. Once aboard, the mother ducks swim away with their cargo and all is calm.

It is expected that several dozen additional ducklings will make their appearance on the “mirror pond” in the next week or so.

Boat Ban Imposed

Ducks living on the Deschutes river in Bend will not be disturbed by motor boats in the future, it was decided by the city commission last night. The commission passed an ordinance forbidding the operation of gasoline or steam powered boats on the river with the city limits.

The ordinance was prepared after the Bend Kiwanis club had passed a resolution opposing use of motorboats on the river here during the nesting season of ducks.

Source: Bend Bulletin

Clyde and Leila Go Swimming In Deschutes River

clyde-lelaClyde and Leila posed for their picture today with members of the Kiwanis board of directors  and in another minute were floating gracefully on the broad expanse of the Deschutes just above the power dam. They took to the river as if to the water born, which after all was but natural for Clyde and Leila are swans.

Source: Bend Bulletin

Will Have Swans On Mirror Pond

mirror-pond-swansGiven serious consideration in Bend for a number of years and recommended by several of the local civic organizations, the matter of securing swans for the “mirror pond” of the Deschutes river, in the heart of this city, has finally materialized, and swans, in all probability, will be floating over the Deschutes in the not distant future.

Materialization  of the plans to  secure swans, at least six of them for the mirror pond, which reflects the distant snow capped mountains of the Three Sisters group and the pines bordering the river, was the result of action just taken by the Deschutes Rod and Gun club. A letter was today sent to E. F. Averill, state game warden, requesting the assistance of his office in securing some of the stately birds.

Six swans will he placed in the Deschutes, if this number can he secured, state officers of the sportsmen’s organization. The rod and gun club has the assurance or a number of local people that the birds will be fed and protected if they are placed on that placid, stretch of the Deschutes just above the Newport avenue bridge and below the Tumalo foot bridge. John Cunningham, local contractor, has offered his services in constructing a sheltering house for the swans on the Deschutes.

The swans will probably be secured through the state game commission from Ray Steele, federal game warden. If it is necessary, the local sportsmen’s organization will buy the swans.

Source: Bend Bulletin ©1926


Memory Short On Duck Dates

Some of tho ranchers on Crooked river have apparently forgotten that there Is any end to the open season on ducks, is the Impression which Federal Game Warden George Tonkin has gained following Investigations of game law violations In Central Oregon. At any rate there Is going to be at least one federal case from that section, Tonkin says. One rancher admitted to Tonkin that he had failed to keep any track of closing dates, and that the ducks had suffered in consequence. There have been other violations of a like nature, Tonkin believes.

That the Hungarian partridge would bo the best game bird to use in stocking Central Oregon to relieve the sage hen from threatened extermination was Tonkin’s advice when asked on this point. Lack of water in tho winter and the attacks of hawks make it difficult for the Chinese pheasant to survive In this country, he said. The Hungarian partridge Is one of the most hardy game birds known, with tho exception of the sage hen. Tonkin’s observations have taught him.

Another movement started by local sportsmen–for the creation of sage hen preserves–Tonkin considered might be of uncertain merit. The government has had but little success with its game bird preserves, he said.

Baby swan are to be brought to Bend this spring on authorization of State Game Commissioner M. A. Lynch, and will learn to regard the quiet stretch of the Deschutes above tho Bend Water, Light & Power Co. dam as their home, the federal game warden predicts. They will be taken at Summer lake.

Tonkin met Tuesday with a number of Bend sportsmen for a discussion of game conservation questions.

Source: Bend Bulletin