Very good news,the first two of the five cygnets started flying last weekend, and on Wednesday there were only two remaining with the pen, the male has been spending time away from the kids of and on for the last month. This morning there was only one with the pen, two on on one of the smaller ponds and the remains of one just off the path east of the main pond and one other missing.
This has been the most successful year for a very long time, most broods never last more than a few weeks, it could be due to the new fence, which prevents the swan wandering between ponds but also prevents access from the east side by predators. Unfortunately, it also works against them when taking their first flight, if they crash land outside the fence then they can’t return, leaving them vulnerable to predation.
Bob and Bri