Trumpeter Swan

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Trumpeter Swan: for more photos, see Sitka Nature Photo Gallery for Cygnus buccinator
Locale   Sp     Su     F     W     Br  
SE Alaska (edit) U R U U Y
Yakutat (edit) U U U C U
Skagway (edit) U Ir U - -
Haines (edit) U U U U Y
Glacier Bay (edit) U VR U FC -
Juneau (edit) U R U R -
Sitka (edit) U VR U FC -
Stikine (edit)
S Outer Islands (edit)
Ketchikan (edit) U VR U U -
Offshore (edit)
Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator): Uncommon Spring and Fall migrant across much of the region. Very Rare to Rare in Summer, except where nesting is known to occur along the Yakutat Forelands and Chilkat Valley. Uncommon to Fairly Common in winter (except northern Lynn Canal?)

Wintering birds found on freshwater and estuaries which remain open. Typically arriving in early November and departing in late winter or early spring (depending on conditions, with earlier departures in warmer years).

  • Winter distribution? More common on outer coast? More habitat based?
  • Changes in wintering and/or nesting distribution?
  • Timing of arrival departure of wintering birds similar to what's seen in Sitka?

SEAK QBR Mentions

  • Su2009: Non-breeders included single subadults at Barnes Lake, Stikine River, 6–7 June 2009 and Red Bluff Bay, Baranof Island, 6 June.
  • Su2010: An immature bird summered near JNU.
  • Su2011: Summering Trumpeter Swans included an immature at Juneau 3 June 2011+ , three near White Sulphur, west Chichagof Island 14 June 2011, one on Mitkof Island, 9 July 2011.
  • W2016-17: Observed in large numbers in GB. Seventy one at Bartlett Cove 15 Dec 2016 easily eclipsed previous local high counts of 50+, and a total of 55 at GUS 17 December 2016 established a new high count for the GB Bay Christmas Bird Count (CBC).
  • Su2017 Rare summer birds were found at Tracy Arm 22 June 2017 (two) and the Mendenall Forelands 23 June 2017 (five) and 3 July 2017. There are only a few Southeast Alaska breeding records away from the Chilkat River valley, where small numbers nest annually (Kessel and Gibson 1978, Johnson et al. 2008).

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