Saturday, December 27, 2014

MUTE SWAN FAMILY

I have already done a post on a Mute Swan and today I am sharing its family.  


The male and the female birds, the cob and pen, usually attempt to mate for life, though if something happens to one the other will find another mate.  


The nest is a huge mound of material, normally dried grasses and assorted vegetation, sticks and rushes, constructed at the water's edge. 


The nest is built by the female, while the male supplies the materials. 


The female lays up to seven eggs between late April and early May. Both sexes incubate the eggs, which hatch after 35-41 days. 


The young birds, or cygnets, sometimes ride on their parents' backs and remain with the adult birds for four or five months. 


Cygnets are generally dingy brown above and whitish below.  Occasionally, cygnets may be all white and are known as 'Polish swans'. 


The young of some pairs are driven off the breeding territory as soon as their plumage is predominantly white (during late autumn or winter). 


Other broods often accompany their parents to the wintering area, and usually join a large flock in which they remain when the parents return to their breeding territory. 


Young birds will not generally breed for the first two years of adult life.


The oldest ringed wild mute swan was 15 years old.







Mom and Dad were doing a great job of taking care of their little ones.


We saw our mute swan family on our last vacation, and were on our way to the airport for our flight home.  







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