|Common Name||Trumpeter Swan|
|Scientific Name||Cygnus buccinator|
|Type of Report||Rare Species|
|Date of Observation||03/31/2018|
|Reporting Observer's Name||Rich Kelley|
|Mailing Address||17 Hog Island Rd|
Swanton, Vermont 05488
|Names & Emails of Other Contributing Observers|
A number of other reports, but I was alone
|Latitude of Observation||44.569881|
|Longitude of Observation||-73.176651|
|Place Name||Mallett's Creek|
|Vermont eBird Checklist URL||ebird.org|
|Time of Day||05:00 PM|
|Length of Time Observed||Two sightings, almost 2 hours apart|
|Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)||700|
|Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)||400|
|Noteworthy Weather Conditions|
Nice day, bright, clear and calm
|Optical Equipment Used for Observation|
8x42 binos, 500mm DSLR lens
|Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species|
Previous sightings in Swanton, Alburgh and Rutland over the past year
|I certify that that attachments included with this report were captured during this observation event.|
|Description of Habitat|
Mallett's Creek is a small, slow-moving creek that runs into Lake Champlain's Mallett's Bay. Depending on the water level, there are pools / marsh along the creek. Swan was seen in one of those pools, east side of the interstate.
|Description of Vocalizations|
|Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation|
First observed while traveling south on Interstate 89, which would be the far lane from where swan was swimming, unable to get a very clear look at that point. After running errand and returning on the northbound (closer) lane, I was able to get a reasonably good look at the swimming swan. Head and bill visible, with V-shaped forehead, wide lores and no orange/yellow or red visible.
Rust staining on head was similar to that seen on swan in Swanton about 2 weeks prior.
|Relative Size & Shape|
No other birds around to compare to, other than a pair of wood ducks, but a substantial sized bird.
Solid black bill, lores extending to eyes without narrowing, V-shape at top of bill visible. Neck held fairly vertical while swimming.
|Feet & Bill|
|Lower Back & Rump|
|Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts|
Solid white, fairly short
|IMPORTANT: What similar species were eliminated when making the identification and how was this bird different?|
Tundra swan ruled out due to lack of yellow on bills and wide lores, solid black bill ruled out mute swan.
|Other Notes & Comments|
First sighting was at 5:03pm, headed south, better look was while traveling northbound at 6:54pm. Without a boat, the only reasonable vantage point for this pond is from the interstate, and I only stopped long enough to take a quick look at the head/bill and grab a couple of quick photos. A half-dozen or so other sightings / reports from the area also confirmed ID.
|This report was written from notes taken:||Immediately After|