Today we had a visit from the swan census people, who came to tag the pair of swans that live on our little lake.
They come every year to check tags, weigh the birds, and give them a general health check.
The pair that lived on our lake last year have moved house, but we’ve got a new pair this year without tags, so they don’t know how old they are, or where they’ve come from.
1) Ms Swan is pulled out of the water
2) Her legs and wings are tied off to prevent damage to the bird and the people. It looks and sounds quite distressing, but the bird isn’t hurt at any point
3) Once the tag has been applied it is weighed, and checked over
4) She’s released back into the water, where she swam away happy.
We didn’t expect to see them again for a while, but they obviously didn’t bare any ill will against us, as they were back in a couple of hours for food, brown bread and dry dog food is best for them apparently.
By the way, the male swan is over three years old (beyond that age it’s almost impossible to tell their age) and the female is around two years old, so it’ll be another year before we have any cygnets.