Thursday, March 17, 2022

RBA: WHOOPER SWAN in Vancouver and Richmond - March 17-18th

At 5:30pm on March 17-2022, Edward Nygren found an adult Whooper Swan at the NE corner of Trout Lake. Both legs were able to be fully visualized and they are unbanded. The bird is also not wing clipped as it flew in there this evening with 28 Trumpeter Swans.

This could be the same bird seen recently (March 16th) in Monroe, WA.

If accepted by the BC Bird Records Committee as a wild vagrant, this would be the 1st confirmed record for BC.

Map to location HERE

The bird was last seen at Trout Lake just after 12pm on March 18th and was viewed by multiple observers. 

The Whooper Swan and the flock of Trumpeter Swans took off and flew high and away heading NW at 12:15pm and have not returned to Trout Lake.

The bird was relocated in a field HERE in Richmond at 3:30pm with a flock of Trumpeter Swans near Number 7 Rd off the East-West Connector (Hwy 91) but has since picked up and flown north.

***The bird has not been relocated in either location on March 19th.***

Whooper Swan in Vancouver - Photos: Ilya Povalyaev

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