|Common Name||Trumpeter Swan|
|Scientific Name||Cygnus buccinator|
|Type of Report||Rare Species|
|Date of Observation||04/27/2021|
|Reporting Observer's Name||Rich Kelley|
|Mailing Address||17 Hog Island Rd|
Swanton, VT 05488-8142
|Names & Emails of Other Contributing Observers|
Julie Filiberti arrived shortly after I got there. Annette Kalinoski was arriving as I was leaving. I could probably find emails for both if necessary. Several other contemporary reports.
|Latitude of Observation||44.788236|
|Longitude of Observation||-72.998387|
|Place Name||Fairfield Swamp WMA|
|Vermont eBird Checklist URL||ebird.org|
|Time of Day||03:45 PM|
|Length of Time Observed||About a half-hour|
|Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)||1000|
|Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)||300|
|Noteworthy Weather Conditions|
Generally clam, light breeze, low to mid 60s, really nice spring day
|Optical Equipment Used for Observation|
10x binos, 30-60x scope. I didn't have a long lens with me, photos were with a 105mm lens and heavily cropped.
|Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species|
9 previous documented sightings in eBird, all in VT and accepted by the VBRC.
|I certify that that attachments included with this report were captured during this observation event.|
|Description of Habitat|
South end of Fairfield swamp is a mostly open pool near the access area. Several other species of ducks, GBH and Osprey in the area.
Swan was swimming around for the duration I was able to observe it.
|Description of Vocalizations|
|Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation|
Large white bird, obviously a swan from body shape / size / coloration. Swan was on far side of pond from the access area, and tough to see a lot of detail.
|Relative Size & Shape|
Biggest bird in the marsh, at least twice the body size of a nearby GBH and CAGOs
Mostly 'white' with some rust shading. Through scope, I could see the lores were consistent with the eye size. No orange or yellow seen on bill.
|Feet & Bill|
Black bill, I couldn't see the feet
|Lower Back & Rump|
All white from what I could see. I didn't see them extended
|Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts|
Not visible from my angle
All white from what I could see.
|IMPORTANT: What similar species were eliminated when making the identification and how was this bird different?|
This was obviously a swan. I didn't see any orange or yellow on the bill and the best look I had from the side seemed to have lores the same width as the eyes. However, differentiation from other swan species is admittedly somewhat based on several previous sightings that had a closer look.
|This report was written from notes taken:||Written from Memory|