• Trumpeter Swan

    Common NameTrumpeter Swan
    Scientific NameCygnus buccinator
    Type of ReportRare Species
    Date of Observation03/09/2017
    MediaOther Documentation of Observation
    Number Observed1
    Reporting Observer's NameSpencer Hardy
    Mailing Address133 Tucker Hill Rd
    Norwich, VT 05055
    United States
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    Date Completed03/09/2017
    Names & Emails of Other Contributing Observers

    Pete Kerby-Miller

    Latitude of Observation43.80045
    Longitude of Observation-73.113813
    Place NameOtter Creek Setback
    Vermont eBird Checklist URLebird.org
    Time of Day08:19 AM
    Length of Time Observed26 mins
    Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)600
    Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)300
    Noteworthy Weather Conditions

    Cold, with some ice forming on marsh

    Optical Equipment Used for Observation

    Minox 8x42, Swarovski 80mm up to 50 zoom

    Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species

    I have seen the other two swan species in Vermont, and Trumpeters once in NY and Ontario (ID by location and timing)

    I certify that that attachments included with this report were captured during this observation event​​.
    Description of Habitat

    Semi-wooded marshy flood plain surrounded by railroad tracks and trees

    Behaviors Observed

    Predominately sleeping, occasionally awake and looking around. Always in the water.

    Description of Vocalizations


    Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation

    First seen from the moving car -- a large white blob. With scope and binoculars we both had good looks at the head and body when the bird was awake

    Relative Size & Shape

    Very large, dwarfing nearby geese


    White, maybe a hint of orange on the back of the head and neck

    Feet & Bill

    Feet not seen.
    Bill large and black. No yellow, though when the bill opened, a pinkish gape/inner mouth was visible.
    Black reached and surrounded the eye. Upper surface of the bill with sharp V shaped division between bill and forehead.

    Upper Back


    Lower Back & Rump




    Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts




    IMPORTANT: What similar species were eliminated when making the identification and how was this bird different?

    Details of the bill shape eliminated TUSW. Lack of orange in the bill eliminated MUSW. Other factors pointing towards TRSW include slightly forested habitat, C-shaped neck, and lack of yellow lores.

    Other Notes & Comments


    This report was written from notes taken:During the Observation

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