• Trumpeter Swan

    Common NameTrumpeter Swan
    Scientific NameCygnus buccinator
    Type of ReportRare Species
    Date of Observation04/27/2021
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    • Other Documentation of Observation
    Number Observed1
    Reporting Observer's NameRich Kelley
    Mailing Address17 Hog Island Rd
    Swanton, VT 05488-8142
    United States
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    Date Completed04/28/2021
    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 Observation44.788236
    Longitude of Observation-72.998387
    Place NameFairfield Swamp WMA
    Vermont eBird Checklist URLebird.org
    Time of Day03:45 PM
    Length of Time ObservedAbout 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.

    Behaviors Observed

    Swan was swimming around for the duration I was able to observe it.

    Description of Vocalizations

    Nothing heard

    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

    Upper Back

    Solid white

    Lower Back & Rump

    Solid white


    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

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