• Trumpeter Swan

    Common NameTrumpeter Swan
    Scientific NameCygnus buccinato
    Type of ReportRare Species
    Date of Observation03/09/2017
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    Number Observed1
    Reporting Observer's NameRich Kelley
    Mailing Address17 Hog Island Rd
    Swanton, VT 05488
    United States
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    Date Completed03/17/2017
    Names & Emails of Other Contributing Observers

    I ran into Jim Mead and spent about 30-45 minutes observing with him. A half-dozen or so other people arrived while we were there to see

    Latitude of Observation43.799412
    Longitude of Observation-73.112304
    Place NameChamplain Street, Railroad overpass
    Vermont eBird Checklist URLebird.org
    Time of Day11:00 AM
    Length of Time Observedabout an hour
    Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)1200 feet (estimate)
    Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)800 feet (estimate)
    Noteworthy Weather Conditions

    Mostly overcast, but clearing. Temps in mid 30s, breezy

    Optical Equipment Used for Observation

    8x40 Nikon Monarch binoculars, 300mm lens for photos. Also viewed through borrowed spotting scopes

    Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species

    guidebooks only

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

    flooded field/swampy area, along railroad tracks, in with canada geese, mallards and a few other ducks

    Behaviors Observed

    Swimming, feeding, walking on ice

    Description of Vocalizations

    Unable to hear

    Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation

    Large swan, all black legs,feet, black bill with sharp V point on brow, no bands, no yellow on bill.

    Relative Size & Shape

    Large, seemingly twice the size of surrounding canada geese


    all white and black, no other color noted. V-shaped brow where meeting the bill

    Feet & Bill

    all black

    Upper Back


    Lower Back & Rump



    Did not see extended

    Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts

    all white


    All white

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

    No yellow on bill helped rule out mute swans, V-shaped brow/bill ruled out tundra swan

    Other Notes & Comments

    Numerous other reports from the area

    This report was written from notes taken:Immediately After

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