BEND, Ore. — A nature center in central Oregon is celebrating the birth of four baby swans.
The Bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/2sKsoxg ) the first trumpeter swan egg started hatching late Monday. Sunriver Nature Center staffers believe the other three eggs hatched throughout Independence Day.
A fifth egg was spotted in the nest on Wednesday, but staffers say it is likely infertile.
The birth of the baby swans, or cygnets, was a surprise for the center. The swan mother laid five eggs earlier this year which were eaten by raccoons. Although swans typically breed once a year, the mother laid a second brood in May.
The center will soon ask the public for help naming the four cygnets.
Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com