December 2023

Whooper swans

Birds of the Month December 2023: Bewick’s and Whooper Swans

Here in the UK, our only fully resident swan species, the mute swan, is joined in winter by two northern relatives. Bewick’s and whooper swans both breed further north but travel here in varying numbers each autumn. Superficially very similar to each other, these two swans have a number of differences in both their appearances

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