Swans

A young swan is being stopped from going into the water by his parents and is living on the beach could this make him vulnerable to being attacked by foes or dogs

  • Strange, a swan not being allowed on water by its parents!

    If the parents are being so protective, my guess, and it is only a guess, foes may have more to fear from the adult, adult swans can give a very nasty bite, but I'm no expert, so hopefully someone may be able to give a more definitive answer.

    Mike

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  • Maybe the adult Swans are trying to get junior to leave home thinking it was time it was independent while they prepare for the next breeding season.

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • In reply to Seaman:

    I don't think this behaviour is unusual for mute swans once autumn is over and winter is advancing.

    Any DARVIC rings visible on parents or the single offspring (whose siblings may have dispersed without encouragement)?
  • In reply to tuwit:

    I don't think it is unusual Tuwit just wondering why it happens.

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • In my opinion you got the short answer rather correct. There will be reduced resources during the winter months during which the resident breeding pair will be trying to maintain condition and then reach breeding condition. Most established breeding mute swan pairs don't like sharing their breeding/feeding patch.

    Obviously there are other factors (how large is the body of water, etc.)
  • Maybe not much help to the O P, Donnai, but on both our nearby reserves the cygnets from last year seem to be staying in their own flock while the established adult pairs are getting very territorial after there has been some changes to the vegetation in the area, could be interesting

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can