There Once Were Some Ugly Ducklings
Who Hopefully Will Now Live To Become Beautiful Swan's
You may remember the local swan family that had
eight signets this season. That's a high number in terms of
survival (i.e. only 39% of signets born on The Thames make it
One of the parents vanished within a few weeks
after the eggs hatched. The remaining parent battled on with
the eight chicks. Sadly these first reduced to six, then five
and finally three. That was bad enough but then the other
parent went a.w.o.l.
Finally, on the morning of Tuesday 26 July,
Stuart phoned Nicky at the Swan Sanctuary. She came down to
AQSC and between the two of them they managed to round up the
three remaining chicks. Two looked reasonably healthy but the
third was much smaller and would not have lasted very long.
The fourth one was found a few days later and it was also
picked up by the Nicky.
They are now being cared for at the sanctuary
and have been ‘adopted’ by one of the other
families. Nicky was telling me they have some sixty other
signets all collected under similar circumstances. Nature can
be very cruel but occasionally perhaps we can do something to
'help out'. Nice one Stuart!
Picture by Stuart Schafer