The arrival of the cygnets

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DSC_0167DSC_0167I have not had much opportunity to visit the Common this week, because it has been half term and my son and I have been off on our travels, first to Manchester and then to Legoland Windsor. However, knowing that the cygnets had arrived on the Ornamental Pond inspired me to I contrive two opportunities to pop over for a tiny bit of grey fluffiness worship. This week’s photos are, therefore, dedicated purely to the cygnets as they have been the focus of my fleeting visits.

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DSC_0185DSC_0185The Ornamental Pond’s cygnets appeared on Sunday, and initially totalled six in number. Sadly by Wednesday only four remained, bobbing around the lily beds, and hitching lifts from their exhausted mother.

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DSC_0230DSC_0230Meantime, the proud father was patrolling the lake, protecting his territory and family from any real or imagined threats.

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DSC_0562DSC_0562_1By Thursday afternoon the little family had made the journey from the Ornamental Pond to the Boating Lake, where their parents typically take the cygnets for their early upbringing.  It must be a long walk for such little ones, but they seem to thrive on the Boating Lake. DSC_0129DSC_0129

 

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DSC_0497DSC_0497The swan family will probably not return to the Ornamental Pond now until late in the year, when the cygnets can fly.  So, my wanderings will be adjusted for a while to my summer route that incorporates the swans’ nursery location!

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