Swans and cygnets

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By Judy Berman

Spring has arrived and new life is a welcome addition in our neighborhood. Two swans gave birth to six cygnets about a week ago.

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A proud Mom and Dad with their offspring.

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The cygnets will grow up fast over the summer. Meanwhile, I’ll just enjoy the view.

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  1. Your pictorial story of the swans and cygnets is so appropriate during this season commemorating new life, rebirth. Far better than a treatise on the topic. By the way, I’m sure you know swans mate for life, which is why the swan is my totem. Happy Easter to you too!

    1. What a wonderful totem you have, Marian. Thank you for your comments. I do know that swans mate for life.

      Over the past 15 years, one or two of the adults was killed. One time a bobcat was roaming the area and treating the area as its personal buffet. Or, it could have been the result of a run-in with an alligator.

  2. Perfect early spring and Easter pictures, Judy. And just for the adorable furry-feathered little babies, it’s one of the sweetest and most joyous and hopeful pictures I’ve seen in a very long time! Happy Easter.

    1. Thank you, Marilyn. We get the thrill of seeing these little fluff balls every spring. I’m delighted with your response. New life. New hope. Yes.

      Happy Easter to you and your family.

    1. My favorite photo is also the first one. Wish I could have gotten the Dad in that one as well. πŸ˜‰ I loved your robin photos. What I’d give to get that beautiful close-up.

      Have a wonderful Easter, Amy.

    1. You’re welcome, Charles. I can’t remember the first time I ever saw a baby swan. They are a familiar site in our development every spring as we have several adult swans in the area. πŸ˜‰

  3. Great pictures Mom! I am so glad we were able to see the beautiful animals up close yesterday! I will post my pictures soon! Happy Easter! We love you!

    1. Looking forward to seeing your photos. It was great seeing both you and Vern for Easter. I’m glad we all got to see the swans, ducks, Sandhill cranes and Muscovy duck. What a day! luv, Mom

  4. Lovely pictures Judy! πŸ™‚ It’s always a lovely sight to see the swan families this time of year. I have a river near where I live and there are quite a few swans floating around in those waters – avoiding the tourist boats! So is this the lake bottom of your garden? πŸ™‚ I’d love to have some personal swans, and some peacocks as well. Although, peacocks can be a little noisy, but they do look gorgeous strutting around on lush green grass. Interesting thing is about swans in the England, they all officially belong to the Queen. I’m not sure what happens if you own some swans, I’m pretty sure that even then, the Queen still has overall ownership. So you can’t fatten them up and eat them for Christmas, like a goose. But the Queen can!! πŸ˜€ Do you have any peculiar ownership rules on swans where you are?

    1. This “lake” is actually a retention pond. We live along one of them. A lot of the big birds hang out here. I’ll post more photos later. The swans are here, I believe, courtesy of our HOA (Homeowners Association). I think anyone who had thoughts of fattening the swans up and having them with plum pudding would face the wrath of the HOA folks who watch out for them. πŸ˜‰

  5. Spring is about birth and new beginnings. Today, we got to witness just that with your wonderful images and encounter with the swans and their cute cygnets. Happy Easter to you and your family!

  6. I love swans–so elegant and graceful. When I said that to a friend recently, she said, “Oh, but they’re an invasive species.”

    Bummed me out–that rain on my parade. I could go into a whole diatribe about why humans are truly the only “invasive” species. And I still love swans; and your photos of them delight me.

    1. Tracy … I share your love of the swans’ beauty. Hate to add to the rain on your parade but your friend is spot on. “The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior” says the Mute Swans (pictured above) “are not native to North America, and many biologists are concerned about their effects on native species. They are voracious herbivores and can be very aggressive during the breeding season, raising concerns that they might outcompete smaller waterbirds.”

      That said, they are beautiful to look at. In this area, they compete with ducks and several other large birds for food. They all seem to be getting along and I believe there’s probably enough to eat for all of them here. πŸ˜‰

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