One day in late summer of 2008 there was suddenly a full-grown and gorgeous swan — eventually nicknamed Swanee — in our local perc ponds on the Los Gatos Creek Trail. Over the years I and thousands of other park & trail visitors have enjoyed seeing and interacting with Swanee whenever we saw her. When you called out her name she’d raise her head in recognition and if we were close enough she would walk over to visit … she loved people and people loved her.
So imagine my shock when i visited the trail today and saw this poster … such a large loss for those of us who appreciate our local wildlife and loved seeing and interacting with Swanee.
Here is what I wrote about the first time I first saw Swanee.