Sleeping Beauty

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diannemcd on April 17, 2009

Thanks so much, that is great, she looks so soft and comfortable, hope she keeps her eggs nice and warm. I am sure you will be watching her. Dianne

someGuyinmasset on April 17, 2009

Good one B-n-P, just wondering why her boyfriend didn't chase you off?

Nottincommand1 on April 18, 2009

I know of a swans nest at Wollaton Park, Nottingham. The male and female share hatching duties, but the female has the final session until around this time of year when they hatch. There can be up to 12 cygnets in a brood so be on the lookout each week for the hatchlings. You will be well rewarded.

Jean Gregory Evans on April 18, 2009

Guy asks a good question.

Wonderful photo, enjoy this very much. I am looking forward to the story you will tell?

Bits-n-Pieces on April 18, 2009

Thanks Dianne, Guy, geomancer, and jean !

The male was off chasing geese. Not that they were anywhere near the nest - I think swans just plain don't like geese! And all the swans at the lake are all very used to people. It's a bit shocking how close the nest is to the major park walkway, and surprising how soon after the cygnets hatch that they bring them over to the groups of people watching from shore. But they know humans come bearing gifts of food, no matter what the signs say, so they rather welcome them (I mean us!) and aren't aggressive at all.

And Thanks geomancer - there was one family at the lake last year (this same pair) but apparently there are 4 other occupied nests this year. So hopefully the others will avoid the snapping turtles and there'll be lots to watch this spring!

someGuyinmasset on April 18, 2009

Sleeping Beauty?

Bits-n-Pieces on April 18, 2009

Hey Guy - Good Title!

not1word on April 18, 2009

This is pretty cool, Bits. Your description reminds me of an NPR story that I liked about a town in Pennsylvania where folks would fee the fish and ducks, but the city elders decided that it wasn't healthy for those being fed, and decided to outlaw it. It was an interesting/funny story to me, but the part that made me laugh was a song that was written for the story, called "Bread in the Water".

Marbiz on April 19, 2009

Thanks for the explanation B-n-P, took me a while to work it out. Its nice to see you are starting from this early stage to track progress. Will look forward to seeing the development. I love Swans!

Amelia Royan on April 19, 2009

Am I following you around Marbiz? :))

Beautiful title and huge nest BnP. This might be what she is sitting on, and I'm just going out later today to check progress :)

Thank you for sharing this lovely photo :)

Greetings, Amelia

someGuyinmasset on April 19, 2009

So Bitsy, what you're saying is the male was off on a wild goose chase?

Cal Kimola Brown on April 19, 2009

You sure got close this time BnP, I'm sure looking forward to seeing them hatch.

Bits-n-Pieces on April 19, 2009

Cool Link not1word - wow - Fish Stew! They have their reasons for not wanting people to feed the water fowl - one main one being to try to minimize the numbers of birds so they don't foul our water...The pond is part of the public water supply! But with all those cute little babies, it's sure tempting. I'm pretty surprised by the numbers of people who just outright ignore the rules and arrive with tons of food for the animals, though.

And ha-ha Guy - you got it. I guess males are males, no matter what the species ;)

And Thanks marbiz, Amelia, and Cal! You can be darned sure I'll be doing my best to keep watch to see if I can see any eggs, and to watch out for when they hatch.

Norrel on April 21, 2009

A nice slice of swan-life, Bits! I wish I could sleep that way, but the only feathers I have are inside my pillow.

Bits-n-Pieces on April 22, 2009

Thanks Norrel! They're quite a good wildlife exhibit. But as for sleeping, I think if you tried to sleep in this position, you'd sure wake up with a crick in your neck - and for your sake, even though you wear wooden shoes, I hope your bed isn't made of sticks! (But then again, maybe that's why you get up nice and early!)

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  • Uploaded on April 17, 2009
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    by Bits-n-Pieces
    • Taken on 2009/04/15 18:34:29
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