Today I wanted to celebrate the season of Autumn and also the delightful gift that is nature. The trees are shedding yesterday and letting go. They simply lay down their beautiful apparel, reday for the next season. There is a lot to be learnt from this.
I have also been learning about swans. I have had the privilege of getting to know some swans and they are glorious and majestic. Apparently they are very intelligent and remember who is kind to them and who is not. I always show utter respect when I feed them. I feed the cygnets by hand and their little beaks often peck my fingers, trying to get the food.
Here are some facts from Wikipedia:
Swans are birds of the family Anatidae within the genus Cygnus. The swans’ closest relatives include the geese and ducks. Swans are grouped with the closely related geese in the subfamily Anserinae where they form the tribe Cygnini. Sometimes, they are considered a distinct subfamily, Cygninae. There are six living and many extinct species of swan; in addition, there is a species known as the coscoroba swan which is no longer considered one of the true swans. Swans usually mate for life, although “divorce” sometimes occurs, particularly following nesting failure, and if a mate dies, the remaining swan will take up with another. The number of eggs in each clutch ranges from three to eight.
I am always respectful and remember that these are wild birds. I buy special food for them (never give bread) and am aware that the parent swans are very protective of their beautiful cygnets. I heard w3hen I was young that an angry swan can break an arm with their wings.
Just a simple walk can soothe the soul and feeding birds is such a joy. If you are near nature, go and soak it in. And if you aren’t there are some amazing wildlife programmes that can transport you to Africa or the Antarctic.
We are hearing so much about climate change, but we have a beautiful planet still, with some amazing species to be enjoyed and cherished. Let’s do that together. X
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swan (accessed online 11/11/2021)