One day this fall we were driving by Swan Pond..the Swans are gathering. I noticed a distinct separation of the Swans. A bunch of large adults were along one of the islands.
Another group was swimming with their now grown babies.. this years cygnets are sporting a dirty grey color and pinkish colored beaks.. next year they will be all pretty and white. The cygnets stay within the family group for about a year. So the other group with no cygnets must have been the Swans that did not hatch any young this summer. I viewed it as a bunch of gossipy old Aunts.."Look at that show off..they had five cygnets this summer. Tsk..Tsk..bet they have their beaks full."
We watched the Swans for quite some time..they are beautiful creatures. They must gather up here and then migrate out together..going to warmer climates for the winter. You could learn something from a Swan.
The other night I was listening to my father and my brother discussing the upcoming winter. The muskrat houses are low, the beaver houses are high. The squirrels are not gathering acorns like they should.. their consensus was extreme cold. Well isn’t that just wonderful.. I am looking forward to that with great anticipation:)
All photos taken on November 08, 2009