Of Swans and Eggs

Having, somewhat pruriently, watched the swans mating, I was hopeful that they were going to stay on the pond.

Pen

Cob

A couple of rather ‘arty’ portraits of the pair.

 

I must confess that I didn’t take much notice of them for a while until I caught them ‘at it’ again:

Cob ‘treading’ pen

Him on the nest again

The cob was behaving quite triumphantly on the nest. Note the coot’s nest just beyond.

 

Things carried on much as hitherto:

although I thought there might be eggs visible in the first of the above pictures.

 

On the 26th April there were definitely eggs!

Eggs!

 

The nest site was in the reeds under the steep bank below Redlands School. The reeds were still not grown enough to hide the nest from the other bank.

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4 thoughts on “Of Swans and Eggs

  1. Wonderful to hear from you again. How eggsciting! (Sorry) I don’t suppose all the eggs will become cygnets (did I coung 7 eggs?). Hope some of them survive. Can’t wait for the family photos!

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  2. Are they mute swans? Do they technically belong to the Queen? It says in my bird book that incubation is 34 to 45 days. My breath is well and truly bated!! Immer x

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    • Yes they’re mute. Apparently so called ’cause they rarely call. Their main noise is the ‘Hiss’ when approached too near by people or dogs. Or the ‘WHUMP’ on the downbeat of their wings.
      All swans in England (dunno about Scottish, Welsh or Irish Swans) belong to the monarch except those that are marked (ringed) annually by the Vintners and Dyers companies.

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