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Old 28th January 2024, 07:39   #1
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For the last couple of years a pair of Canadian Geese have nested and raise a family on the island in our large pond.

A couple of days ago a pair of Swans arrived. The Geese are not here.


I know Swans normally nest in the same place but I thought I saw one tugging at the foliage as if making a nest this morning. Wonder if they will nest or if they are just visiting, we have had a single swan visit for about a month in the two previous years but I thought later in the year.

Would be great if they nest and have young. Such pretty birds.


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Old 28th January 2024, 18:24   #2
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That's some pond Ian.They look very relaxed so you may be lucky

Keep us posted.
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If they do nest you'll need to give them a wide berth, swan's ain't friendly!
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Old 28th January 2024, 20:00   #4
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If they do nest you'll need to give them a wide berth, swan's ain't friendly!
yes, quite true. We rarely go into the field. The farmer and his son do most days as they normally have sheep in it. No sheep there at the moment as the farmer is letting the grass grow in preparation for spring and having lambs.

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The Swans have stayed but not nested. The Canadian Geese nested but only had 4 goslings as some eggs did not hatch. Alas one gosling has died.

From our window we can see Sheep, Lambs, Swans, Ducks and Geese

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By the look of the folded (repose) necks in the photos they are relaxed about the security arrangements. It usually takes a couple of weeks to get settled - they don't take chances. If, if, you catch sight of any possible predators then spread a little fox repellent, but well away from any nest. Swanderful.
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