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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-07-2019, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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trumpeter swan?

Has anyone seen, or more importantly ever heard a trumpeter swan? I believe we witnessed one today, got a short video of it, its voice was much lower and louder than the whistlers/tundras we are used to seeing (never this early though!!)...not sure how to post a video....
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What color was the bill? I doubt you saw a trumpeter, it would be extremely rare for one to be in this part of the country.
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thats what we thought....but......the voice/honk, whatever you want to call it, sounds exactly like the examples we found on the internet....the bill was dark, probably black, big bird, seemed larger than a tundra swan, although hard to say for sure since it was by itself.....
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Not saying it is impossible but it would be a rare occurrence. I have seen waterfowl in the past that should not have been in PA.
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it wasnt too many years ago a fulvous tree duck was at Pymatuning, got blown up here from the hurricane that hit New Orleans that year (Katrina?)....attracted all sorts of birdwatchers etc, was here for a few weeks before it got shoot off a farm pond near Linesville. So I guess a trumpeter isnt out of the question, I was hoping someone with more knowledge than I have could see/hear the video and confirm it....
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it wasnt too many years ago a fulvous tree duck was at Pymatuning, got blown up here from the hurricane that hit New Orleans that year (Katrina?)....attracted all sorts of birdwatchers etc, was here for a few weeks before it got shoot off a farm pond near Linesville. So I guess a trumpeter isnt out of the question, I was hoping someone with more knowledge than I have could see/hear the video and confirm it....


Go to ebird.com and go into the explore area and type in Trumpeter Swan. The have been sightings in Western Pa this year.

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Sorry.. Its ebird.org.

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it wasnt too many years ago a fulvous tree duck was at Pymatuning, got blown up here from the hurricane that hit New Orleans that year (Katrina?)....attracted all sorts of birdwatchers etc, was here for a few weeks before it got shoot off a farm pond near Linesville. So I guess a trumpeter isnt out of the question, I was hoping someone with more knowledge than I have could see/hear the video and confirm it....
In the 70s and 80s there would be some Fulvous tree ducks taken on The Susquehanna river in Lancaster Co every once in a while. Once when I was checking duck hunters on the river I checked a boat coming into a dock. I knew the three guys in the boat and they were acting sheepish when I asked
them what they got. They said they limited out and tossed some mallards and black ducks on to the dock, I said that isn't the limit. One of them then tossed three more birds onto the dock and said we got these too, are they legal? I had to chuckle, they had no idea what they were and thought they might be in trouble. I told them they were OK, they had just each got a bird that they may never see again this far north. They were some happy campers and they all said they were ting them to the taxidermist. One year I was preseason banding wood ducks on the river and I saw a King Eider sitting on a log. In the late 80s I was driving to a meeting near Washington Boro and we saw some sand hill Cranes in a grass field. Birds get off course occasionally, I have learned to never say someone didn't see what they thought they saw because there are usual occurrences that are not the norm. It keeps life interesting.
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If it had a black bill, it was likely a trumpeter swan. Ontario has been reintroducing them for the past 30 years. New York has a few established breeding pairs. Pennsylvania does not have any known nesting pairs but has had a few individual birds remain in the state throughout the year. One was at Presque Isle for a few summers until it hit a telephone wire and died. Trumpeters wintering in Pa are more common. Many will have large yellow patagial tags that can be reported via reportband.gov. I typically see them on the lake Erie shoreline and did have a juvenile remain on a pond through March here in NW Pa. Also, the duck at Pymatuning was a black bellied whistling duck, pretty neat looking.
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In the 70s and 80s there would be some Fulvous tree ducks taken on The Susquehanna river in Lancaster Co every once in a while. Once when I was checking dick hunters on the river I checked a boat coming into a dock. I knew the three guys in the boat and they were acting sheepish when I asked
them what they got. They said they limited out and tossed some mallards and black ducks on to the dock, I said that isn't the limit. One of them then tossed three more birds onto the dock and said we got these too, are they legal? I had to chuckle, they had no idea what they were and thought they might be in trouble. I told them they were OK, they had just each got a bird that they may never see again this far north. They were some happy campers and they all said they were ting them to the taxidermist. One year I was preseason banding wood ducks on the river and I saw a King Eider sitting on a log. In the late 80s I was driving to a meeting near Washington Boro and we saw some sand hill Cranes in a grass field. Birds get off course occasionally, I have learned to never say someone didn't see what they thought they saw because there are usual occurrences that are not the norm. It keeps life interesting.

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