Juvenile Swans

22 Apr

The campus where I study is a landscape of lawns and woodland full of rabbits and squirrels, interspersed with lochans aswim with all manner of waterfowl.

The wildlife can be seen from most buildings on the campus. I love to study at a library window, where I can watch them all scooting and scurrying about their business.

Scooting coots

With spring sprouting everywhere, I have been keeping an eye out for ducklings and cygnets. So far there has been no sign of them, so I was surprised when, all of a sudden, swans with brown patches were to be seen wandering the campus. The brown patches are a sign that they are still youngsters and have not finished growing their adult plumage.

Did I miss the scads of baby waterbirdlets, were they incubated and raised somewhere else – or are these last year’s juveniles?

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11 Responses to “Juvenile Swans”

  1. Jigme Datse Rasku April 22, 2011 at 1:44 am #

    I think they’re last year’s juveniles. They wouldn’t be that big if they were this years. Not yet. But in the fall they will be.

    Jigme

    • Snailquake April 22, 2011 at 1:57 am #

      Yeah. It did seem all very sudden.

      • Jigme Datse Rasku April 22, 2011 at 2:51 am #

        Have you seen adult swans?

        • Snailquake April 22, 2011 at 2:52 am #

          Lots! They’re everywhere.

          • Jigme Datse Rasku April 22, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

            That’s good, don’t get swans in Nelson, that I’ve noticed. So that’s pretty cool. I know I’ve seen juvenile geese then goslings later.

            Jigme

            • Snailquake April 22, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

              We get Canada geese here. :)

              • Jigme Datse Rasku April 23, 2011 at 7:07 am #

                Don’t they know that they belong in Canada fouling our beaches and soccer fields?

  2. cloudhopper April 22, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    I always have trouble with coots and moorhens. They should wear badges, really.

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