Swan Lake

For the last couple of years I’ve visited our local boating lake to watch the cygnets arrive and grow into beautiful swans. However this year the female was recently killed in an accident and after seeing her bring 16 young into the world this year over the last three years its going to be hard to visit. The male is still on the lake and even though he doesn’t have a family to protect is still patrolling and chasing off perceived threats.

Protective swan

Protective swan

The local swan rescue had to remove the three young from last year as Dad was trying to chase them off so they could prepare for a new brood, but the stroppy teenagers weren’t going. After the death of the female they are looking to find a suitable replacement but as swans tend to mate for life it’s a tricky situation.

Swan take-off

Swan take-off

I’ll miss the opportunity to see them raise some more young but hopefully he can find a new partner and next year we’ll see them proudly showing off their new arrivals.

Happy Birthday

The swan has been sat on her nest for some time now and the regulars to the park have been constantly asking for updates. Yesterday I was the first to see her new arrivals as three cygnets could be clearly seen in the nest and I happily passed on the news like a proud father. If I’d had cigars I would have been handing them out.

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She was constantly fidgeting though which suggests there may be more still to hatch. Last year she had eight who all survived and the year before she had six so fingers crossed there’s a few more to come.

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One of the three was clearly more confident than the others and was eager to explore its surroundings venturing out of the nest and pecking at twigs.

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It must be amazing to see the world for the first time with new sights, new smells and sunshine on their beaks. I do hope the first thing they saw wasn’t me!!