• WildlifeWildlife WatchingVermont Bird Records CommitteeTrumpter Swan

    Vermont Rare Bird Reports 2019

    Common NameTrumpter Swan
    Scientific NameCygnus buccinator
    Type of ReportRare Species
    Date of Observation04/20/2018
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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 Completed01/06/2019
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    Latitude of Observation44.5716
    Longitude of Observation-73.1784
    Place NameMallett's Creek
    Vermont eBird Checklist URLebird.org
    Time of Day11:50 AM
    Length of Time ObservedA couple of minutes
    Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)250
    Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)500
    Noteworthy Weather Conditions

    Overcast, light snow, light breeze, mid 30s.

    Optical Equipment Used for Observation

    8x42 binos / 500mm camera lens

    Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species

    A half-dozen or so other sightings in various locations

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

    Mallett's Creek extends east from Lake Champlain into a marshy area. In the spring, it's generally a significant sized width

    Behaviors Observed

    Swan was just swimming on it's own

    Description of Vocalizations


    Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation

    The afternoon before, I was driving north on Interstate 89, and saw something swan-sized on the west side of the interstate. I was going the other way and late afternoon traffic made stopping a poor option.

    About 6:40 am on 4/20/2018, I was traveling southbound, putting me on the same side as the swan. I was unable to stop at the time, but returned later that morning when traffic was lighter and was able to stop in the break-down lane briefly in order to take a few photos.

    Relative Size & Shape

    Large bird,


    slightly rusty-white with no other markings

    Feet & Bill

    Not visible

    Upper Back

    white with no other markings

    Lower Back & Rump

    white with no other markings


    Not seen extended

    Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts

    white with no other markings, or not visible


    white with no other visible markings

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

    Mute swan ruled out by lack of orange on bill. Tundra ruled out by wider lores, extending full-width to the eye

    Other Notes & Comments

    This report was completed & submitted late, and largely reconstructed from my eBird list. Myself and others saw a Trumpeter Swan in the Mallett's Creek area on March 31st, and I had submitted a RSD form then. (others may have as well). I was under the impression that only one submission was needed for a location.

    Recently, I heard from Ian that a separate report should be completed to account for the 3-week gap since the previous sighting.

    This report was written from notes taken:Written from Memory