“Mommy” and “Daddy” Swans at Ashbridges Bay: November 10, 2020

There is a kindly gentleman who visits Ashbridges Bay daily (in good weather) to feed swans.

When he spots these 2 swans in the distance,

Mute Swans

he signals them by waving his arms:

The swans approach:

Mute Swans and Bufflehead (female)
Mute Swans
Mute Swan

He calls this pair “Mommy” and “Daddy”.

Mute Swans

He was present for both of today’s walks and we all had a good look at these lovely creatures:

Mute Swans and Mallards
Mute Swan

Other birds:

Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Mallard (female)
Mallard (male)
Mallards
Mallards
Mallard (female)
Mallard (male)
Gadwall (male)
Gulls
Long-tailed Ducks
Long-tailed Ducks
Mallard (male) and “bib” duck
Mallards (male) and “bib” ducks
hybrid “bib” duck
hybrid “bib” duck
hybrid “bib” duck
Canada Goose

Species list: mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, gadwall, long-tailed duck, bufflehead, ring-billed gull, downy woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, black-capped chickadee, American robin, northern cardinal, dark-eyed junco. (14 species)

Park scenes:

Raccoon

Morning group:

Afternoon group:

NATURE POETRY

I spot the hills
With yellow balls in autumn.
I light the prairie cornfields
Orange and tawny gold clusters
And I am called pumpkins.                   – Carl Sandburg (1878–1967)

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on ““Mommy” and “Daddy” Swans at Ashbridges Bay: November 10, 2020

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Endearing and charming! I don’t imagine there is concern here about the swans being too dependent on him as a food source, and I’m sure other people feed them, too (whether or not they should)!
    Thanks for the dog (and raccoon and birds and ducks) too!

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  2. Michael Melady

    Thanks Miles for featuring the “gentleman feeding the swans”. That was the highlight of a very wonderful day of warmth and sunshine on your interesting walk.

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