• Trumpeter Swan

    Common NameTrumpeter Swan
    Scientific NameCygnus buccinator
    Type of ReportRare Species
    Date of Observation04/12/2018
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    Number Observed1
    Reporting Observer's NameRich Kelley
    Mailing Address17 Hog Island Rd
    Swanton, Vermont 05488
    United States
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    Date Completed04/16/2018
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    Also reported by Eddy Edwards, a little while before I was there, but I was alone.

    Latitude of Observation44.988992
    Longitude of Observation-73.164345
    Place NameMouth of Charcoal Creek
    Vermont eBird Checklist URLebird.org
    Time of Day12:30 PM
    Length of Time Observed10-15 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.

    Behaviors Observed

    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

    Not visible

    Upper Back

    Solid white

    Lower Back & Rump

    Solid white


    Solid white, not seen extended

    Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts

    Solid white, from what was visible


    White, 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

    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

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