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Online Caz  
#341 Posted : 14 May 2020 08:57:31(UTC)
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We had reports yesterday that our resident swans were on the mill pond with ten cygnets!  Ten!  

As a matter of interest, this year we have three swans, the usual pair, plus another Pen!  She seems to be sat on a nest but doesn’t have a partner.  Hubby reckons she’s the ‘mistress’.  I thought swans had partners for life, does anyone know differently?

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#342 Posted : 14 May 2020 11:04:38(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Caz Go to Quoted Post

We had reports yesterday that our resident swans were on the mill pond with ten cygnets!  Ten!  

As a matter of interest, this year we have three swans, the usual pair, plus another Pen!  She seems to be sat on a nest but doesn’t have a partner.  Hubby reckons she’s the ‘mistress’.  I thought swans had partners for life, does anyone know differently?

Some questions are better left unasked, Caz! Expressions may give us a clue: Mute Swan? [when they aren't?] Swanning off? Up the Swanee? Swan Song?

"More geese than swans now live, more fools than wise...." [Orlando Gibbons] Sublime.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JfG1DMtlDI

 

 

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Edited by user 14 May 2020 11:08:43(UTC)  | Reason: typo

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West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire

No county (Lincolnshire) has better churches and worse houses. The poorer sort of people wash their clothes with hog's dung, and burn dried cow's dung for want of better fuel; whence comes the Lincolnshire proverb: "Where the hogs shite soap and the cows shite fire".

Curiosities of Great Britain (c.1780)

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#343 Posted : 14 May 2020 13:01:07(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons Go to Quoted Post

 

Some questions are better left unasked, Caz! Expressions may give us a clue: Mute Swan? [when they aren't?] Swanning off? Up the Swanee? Swan Song?

"More geese than swans now live, more fools than wise...." [Orlando Gibbons] Sublime.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JfG1DMtlDI 

R. 

  indeed Roger!   

We’re just back from our walk around the mill pond and the mistress is still sitting on her nest.  There was no sign of the parents and their brood in the water, although they are probably somewhere on the island.  They’re much safer there than anywhere and in past years we’ve had cygnets rescued from the weir and the mill race and on many occasion they’ve been herded off the road.  Talk about living dangerously!

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#344 Posted : 19 May 2020 04:42:31(UTC)
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Our swan family have taken up residence a little downstream at the Mill house.  The parents take their brood there every year, whether by design or because the cygnets get into fast flowing water of the weir and aren’t strong enough to make it back.  One of the cygnets perished, but the remaining nine are doing well.

The couple who own the Mill house update us regularly with photos on our community Facebook page.  Fortunately they have a big garden along a nice stretch of the river and it’s safe for the babies until they’re a bit stronger and can swim against the current back onto the mill pond.  The other lonely Pen is still sitting on a nest on the island.  She’s a bit of an enigma!

My black Cayuga ducks are still with us and seem to have made themselves at home.  That may change once the swans are back on the pond and the Cob defends his brood.  He is very territorial and last week was seen trying to drown the lonely Pen.  

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#345 Posted : 19 May 2020 08:08:10(UTC)
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I got worked up this week when I got a scrambled pager report saying 22 Common Cranes had been seen over the village. I would cut off one b****ck to see such an unheard of sight! Well maybe not ... Turns out it was only 2 cranes and a twitchy finger!

Edited by user 19 May 2020 08:39:00(UTC)  | Reason: typo

RogerP

West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire

No county (Lincolnshire) has better churches and worse houses. The poorer sort of people wash their clothes with hog's dung, and burn dried cow's dung for want of better fuel; whence comes the Lincolnshire proverb: "Where the hogs shite soap and the cows shite fire".

Curiosities of Great Britain (c.1780)

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#346 Posted : 19 May 2020 15:32:59(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons Go to Quoted Post

I got worked up this week when I got a scrambled pager report saying 22 Common Cranes had been seen over the village. I would cut off one b****ck to see such an unheard of sight! Well maybe not ... Turns out it was only 2 cranes and a twitchy finger!

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Offline Rob K  
#347 Posted : 20 May 2020 05:48:29(UTC)
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I didn’t know crane had been reintroduced to this country. Learn something new every day!

Likewise I hadn’t heard about the white stork reintroduction project. So when my boss at work was talking about having seen storks while out on his bike ride the other week I sort of nodded but thought “What the hell is he on about, does he mean herons, or egrets or something?”

But it turns out there really are storks in Surrey.

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Offline Northern Sky  
#348 Posted : 27 May 2020 21:01:13(UTC)
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One of the most positive things about lockdown has been the birdsong. One of my hobbies is making field recordings and I've been able to record some fantastic birdsong over the last few weeks. I've been especially pleased to see and hear Thrushes because they have been a very rare sight and sound over the last few years here. For some reason I've seen quite a few this Spring and tonight I got a fantastic recording of one in the wood near my house. I've spent a lot of time in the wood over lockdown and got to know individual trees which must 'belong' to certain birds. The wood is absolutely full of birds of many different kinds and the sound has been wonderful.

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