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Vermont Rare Bird Reports 2019

Common NameTrumpter Swan
Scientific NameCygnus buccinator
Type of ReportRare Species
Date of Observation04/20/2018
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  • Other Documentation of Observation
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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