Since our previous post the snow at the rearing pond has melted away. The captive pair of Trumpeter Swans have been placed on the pond and the female is now incubating her nest, with the male in attendance. All is peaceful now, but a week ago things were much more unsettled. A pair of wild Trumpeter Swans that visited in late April kept returning to the pond and looked like they wanted to nest nearby. The presence of the captive birds may have convinced them that this pond is a good place to raise young. Swans are very territorial and aggressive towards other pairs during the breeding season. Our captive swans are flightless and can’t hold their own against the wild birds. Because the wild swans were capable of injuring our birds, we had to take measures to protect them. The inch-wide tape that we’ve drawn across the pond was the solution. These lines are visible from the air and keep swans and geese from landing here. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that there will be no more excitement for the remainder of the breeding season.
Photo: Charles Southwick