Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2011-10

Common name:

Black Swan

Scientific name: Cygnus atratus
Date: 2/21/2011
Time: 4:50pm and again at 5:45pm
Length of time observed: about 20 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Unknown
Location: Utah Lake State Park, right where the river turns into the lake @ 40.236557 N, 111.738448 W
County: Utah
Latilong: 40.236815 N, 111.73806 W
Elevation: Water level of Utah Lake
Distance to bird: 10 feet
Optical equipment: n/a
Weather: Clear, sunny, around 45 degrees, light breezes
Light Conditions: Sunny, very few clouds, the sun was getting low
Description:        Size of bird: Large
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Just like a swan
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Black all over, small tuft of white on its rear
(Description:)            Bill Type: Red to red/orange with a white-ish tip
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
All black to dirty black swan except for white wingtips. Red eyes and bill except for a white spot on the top near the front. Feet and legs were black. When I first spotted it, it's right leg was folded back under it's wing and behind it, but on top of its body in such a way that its entire leg was out of the water. This may be normal but it is possible that it was injured. Also, it's right leg was banded.

I was able to walk up to the shore and it approached when other ducks/coots did, but seemed more cautious. There were also two Greater White-Fronted Geese swimming in the same group.

I have pictures.
Song or call & method of delivery: Unheard
Behavior: Swimming calmly amongst other common ducks, coots, and 2 geese.
Habitat: Slow moving river / lake shore
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Other swans are similar, however, this one was most definitely black.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I have never seen a black swan before.
References consulted: Sibley Field Guide To Birds of Western North America, First Edition,
Description from:  
Observer: Jordan Englund
Observer's address: 566 N 500 E, Provo, UT 84606
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Suzanne Dunken & Whitney Bush
Date prepared: 2/21/2011
Additional material: Photos
Additional_Comments: I will email the photos to