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Swans

Observed: 1st May 2011 By: to457
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
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Description:

Group of swans near the lake at our local park, by number and maturity these appear to be breeding pair and last years cygnets.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) interacts

Comments

Thomas J. Richardson's picture

The Young Ones

agreed, most are juvenile still, the beaks will turn orange when they reach maturity after 3 or 4 years.

to457's picture

Re. The young ones

That's what I expected Thomas, however the little snippets of info I've managed to find re. swan maturity suggest that at 1 year old the beak would still be grey or pink and that the orange beak comes with full maturity at circa 3 years.
It's certainly the first time I've seen the cygnets return here the following spring though, if indeed they are the previous years' brood.

Edit: I see you've edited your comment while I was replying - think we may have read the same info!

Thomas J. Richardson's picture

Cool group.

Certainly a nice sight to see so many together - if a little daunting!

Ha ha - the joys of online forums :)