|Common Name||Trumpeter Swan|
|Scientific Name||Cygnus buccinator|
|Type of Report||Rare Species|
|Date of Observation||04/12/2018|
|Reporting Observer's Name||Rich Kelley|
|Mailing Address||17 Hog Island Rd|
Swanton, Vermont 05488
|Names & Emails of Other Contributing Observers|
Also reported by Eddy Edwards, a little while before I was there, but I was alone.
|Latitude of Observation||44.988992|
|Longitude of Observation||-73.164345|
|Place Name||Mouth of Charcoal Creek|
|Vermont eBird Checklist URL||ebird.org|
|Time of Day||12:30 PM|
|Length of Time Observed||10-15 minutes or so|
|Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)||900|
|Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)||1000|
|Noteworthy Weather Conditions|
Overcast, unseasonably cold, pretty strong wind
|Optical Equipment Used for Observation|
20x60 scope, 500mm DLSR lens
|Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species|
Several previous sightings, including at least 3 in this general area over the past month or so
|I certify that that attachments included with this report were captured during this observation event.|
|Description of Habitat|
The mouth of Charcoal Creek where it meets Lake Champlain, swan was along the east edge of creek, along 'Black Duck Ridge' on the Missisquoi Refuge.
Swimming along far shore
|Description of Vocalizations|
|Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation|
Workers at the campground were burning brush, and I actually first swan though the smoke, making it hard to get a good look. I was able to walk to the end of the spit of land that protrudes into the creek and get a better look without the smoke. Still about 900 feet across the creek to where the swan was swimming on the far shore.
Good look at head & bill through scope, but photos didn't quite get the head at the right angle. Heavy wind made hand-held photos tough.
|Relative Size & Shape|
No nearby birds to compare to, but large bird, swimming but otherwise clear view of head/neck/body
White head, black bill with no yellow/red markings, lores same width as eyes, V-shaped forehead.
|Feet & Bill|
|Lower Back & Rump|
Solid white, not seen extended
|Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts|
Solid white, from what was visible
|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|
Reported by Eddy Edwards an hour or two before I saw it, although I didn't see his report until afterwards, it was nice to have the confirmation.
|This report was written from notes taken:||Immediately After|