BEAUTIFUL BABY SWAN GONE

Mute swan cygnet  Massachusetts  -1©Kim Smith 2015The beautiful single cygnet at Henry’s Pond has disappeared. Did anyone by chance see what happened?

Mute swan cygnet pen, female Massachusetts ©Kim Smith 2015May 28, 2015

Mute swan cygnet cob pen, female male Massachusetts ©Kim Smith 2015May 30th, male, or cob on the left, female pen on the right, cygnet tucked between the two

Mute swan cygnet -3  Massachusetts ©Kim Smith 2015June 7th, adeptly preening, or oiling its feathers.

Mute swan cygnet pen, female Massachusetts -2 ©Kim Smith 2015Anytime is nap time.

Mute swan cygnet pen, female Massachusetts -3 ©Kim Smith 2015June 12th early morning, last sighting.

 

 

8 thoughts on “BEAUTIFUL BABY SWAN GONE

  1. Sadly so many young of waterfowl do not make it.
    So many animals predate on them.
    Out of all the birds I rehab, waterfowl I never feel bad about them being desperated from their parent or parents.
    So few survive to even begin to grow feathers.
    All mine get a head start on life
    Jodi
    Cape Ann Wildlife

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  2. Oh noooo!! I literally can’t handle all of the dying baby bird stories on GMG lately…I am going to have to take a break to cheer myself up! :-O

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    1. Hi E.J. Just a theory–but one reason they may have only had one is because the mother is so young. In early spring she still had a tinge of brownish cygnet feathers. But as Jodi said, waterfowl are so predated upon, in all stages of their lives.

      Also re the Niles Pond swans–a friend who lives on the Pond said she saw the swans arrive but that it was frozen solid! Niles Pond thawed much more slowly than than the smaller and semi-salt water ponds in our region. So when Henry’s was completely thawed, Niles was rock solid and still covered with a think layer of snow, making it impossible to nest and forage.

      I hope the Niles Pond pair return later this summer, with cygnets!

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