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Black Swans

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neilh
neilh
28 Aug 2012 20:23

Saw a black swan today on the Exeter canal.  I thought the Dawlish black swans had clipped wings to prevent them flying away.  So does anyone know where the one I saw today could have come from?

flo
flo
28 Aug 2012 20:51

I think wing feathers grow back after clipping so it may be one of Dawlish's swans.  It might be worth phoning the Council.

Philip
Philip
28 Aug 2012 20:56

I believe the cygnets born around Easter (?) had to be sold. Don't know where they went though.

HuwMatthews2
HuwMatthews2
28 Aug 2012 22:33

Any idea why they had to be sold?

 

Philip
Philip
28 Aug 2012 23:08

They were kept in the aviary prior to being released to the Brook (not the the wildfowl officers idea, so I believe), and when let out there was a territory issue with the others and were attacked.

I stand to be corrected though!!

Don Pearson
Don Pearson
28 Aug 2012 23:26

"His swan" he calls her, but she owns him not. 

Philip
Philip
29 Aug 2012 00:19

Guess there's a ring of truth in that Don

Daverc
Daverc
29 Aug 2012 08:43

Back to the original question - there has been at least one around Topsham for a few years now.  I think there was even a breeding pair one year.  Probably nothing to do with Dawlish: feral ("escaped") Black Swans are on the increase all over England.

neilh
neilh
29 Aug 2012 09:31

Thanks for the info.  Interesting that they are on increase all over England.  Do they cross-breed with the usual white variety?  If so can we expect piebald swans in future?!

Carer
Carer
02 Sep 2012 14:17

There are some at Trago also. They are quite common around the county and country.

Brazilnut
Brazilnut
02 Sep 2012 15:06

They won 5-2 today,lol

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