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New Year Swan
Observed: 1st January 2012 By: Martincito
Added: 21st January 2012
We woke on New Year's Day to find this unexpected visitor in the garden. There isn't enough room for a big bird to take off and so, with the gate shut, it was trapped. It didn't seem too concerned though, swimming on our small pond, sipping the freshly filtered water from the "fountain", inspecting the border and finally giving the conservatory door a peck or two. Molly the cat seemed as astonished as we were. Eventually we opened the gates and, using a carrot and stick approach (actually bread and broom) we gently guided the swan down the side of the house, out the front gate and round into the park. When it saw its partner on the pond in the park it took off and glided down to join it. My daughter shed a tear to see such a wonderful sight. Meanwhile that swan had a tricky job explaining how it's New Year celebrations had kept it away all night!