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Swans have bred on the pond for the first time since I’ve been here – that’s ten years. According to some it’s longer than that: “Not within living memory” one antique native told me.
One swan overwintered.
The first record I have of a pair of swans was on February twentieth:
The pen (female) has the lighter beak of the two. I’ve been told that’s because she’s young, possibly only two years old.
Her apparent youth and the historical lack of breeding swans didn’t give much optimism to the possibility of any offspring.
Apparently with no other motive but to keep their hand in, they occasionally have a ‘practice’ flight across the pond.At the time I assumed that they were preparing to depart for pastures new.
Me being ‘arty’:
Thinking back, I do remember the pair muddling about in the reeds at the shallow end of the pond.
They mooched around the pond for a few weeks:
Then I caught ’em:
That brings us to the end of March – I’ll just throw in an Easter treat;and a rather good pic from December: