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Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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A trumpeter swan at Banner Marsh

April 13, 2009 at 06:39 AM

Like the groundhog, Flathead has emerged from hiding and is once again busy taking pictures. So it’s about time to start again with Flathead’s Picture of the Week.

This trumpeter swan he photographed at the East Access to Banner Marsh on April 7 has apparently visited the area before. Natural Heritage biologist Michelle Simone spotted the same swan at Banner in April of 2005. The swan is believed to be an Iowa bird since they use red bands on the swans our neighbors have reintroduced successfully across the state.

Now the question is, will the native swan stay? Last week the big white bird was being closely followed by a mute swan, one of several of the non-native swans that now make Banner Marsh their home. Is love in the air, as Flathead pondered? Time will tell. For that matter, is it possible for the two species to mate?


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