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Field of Swans

Observed: 3rd March 2012 By: Jeff RothwellJeff Rothwell’s reputation in BirdsJeff Rothwell’s reputation in BirdsJeff Rothwell’s reputation in BirdsJeff Rothwell’s reputation in Birds
Field of Swans
Swans
Swans
Description:

Must have been at least 40 swans in the fields.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) interacts

Comments

Refugee's picture

I don't think so

They will most likely be one of the migrating species feeding up for the flight to there breeding ground. It is getting close to the nesting season for our native swans and they are very territorial.

Refugee

RoyW's picture

Definitely Mute.

The strongly curved neck visible on all of the swans, and the relatively long tail visible on many of them, are good indicators that they are Mute Swans - and if you zoom in on the full sized images you can see the orange bills on many of the adults.
I don't see any that look likely to be Whooper Swans (and as they are all similar in size none are Bewick's Swans).

pirayaguara's picture

Ilooked carefully at the

Ilooked carefully at the images and agree with Roy

Refugee's picture

Cygnets

Certainly not breeding adults. About half of them are in fledgling plumage. Teenage Mute Swans...

Refugee

Jeff Rothwell's picture

Mute or not Mute

I had the advantage of a pair of binoculars as well as my camera and they were all mute swans as far as I could see. There were certainly a lot that weren't adults.