Sunday, December 4, 2011

They've Landed

We would have posted earlier but Gussie and Mrytle didn't arrive until 5PM last night and it was too dark to snap pictures.  They arrived from Massachusetts in a carrier and dad made them spend the night in the new house with food and water and clean sawdust bedding and he closed and locked the door.  After walkies, he opened the door and let them out so this was actually the first time that we were seeing them in the daylight.

Meet Gussie and Mrytle. They're Black Swans!  They were "born" last November so they are just over a year old. 


 That's Gussie out in front.   He has more white on his beak and Mrytle has a big white feather on her side for now.  It will fall out with time. 
 Time to rise and shine and hit the water, guys!
 They've never been in a pond before. When they lived in Massachusetts, they only had a large tub and they had to take turns so this will be their first swim together!


ZOOMIES!!!!!!  Sorry the picture is blurry but they were having fun!

UH OH! Dauby the policewoman is on the job!
They aren't afraid of her at all but she's sure checking them out and letting them know that she rules THIS pond!  And surprisingly, Margaret-Chaz is keeping his/her distance along with the Flintstone Barnacles, who are are best friends with the Mute Swans.  They stick to their butts like they're glued to them!
BTW, we're positive that Dauby is a female because she lays eggs.  This spring we will know for sure if Margaret-Chaz is actually a girl or a boy!

 Yes, Dauby, you're still the most beautiful bird EVER!

The black swans will be staying in this pen for the entire winter so Dauby and Margaret and Gussie and Mrytle will have plenty of time to get to know each other "through the fence". 

So until next time............

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch (who haven't actually met the Black Swans yet)

43 comments:

Reilly / Denny Cowspotdogs said...

Oh my gosh - aren't they beautiful and made Mom misty eyed cause you know black swans originally came from Australia. What a great idea to keep the swans separate until police woman Dauby gets used to them - and we keep all ours paws crossed that they will. Mr black Swan is going to be VERY happy with all these females.

Tank said...

Wow! How exciting! You actually got "swans a swimming" for Christmas!

rottrover said...

They are beautiful, and so interesting. Tank cracks us up!!

-Bart and Ruby

Sue said...

They're beautiful. How wonderful to have your own swan pond. Our Mom used to sit by a city swan pond on her lunch hour and loved watching the swans float by. We have swans at the zoo near us, but they're mean and chase everyone.
Morgan, Tsar and the Porties

Chicco said...

Hello dear friends, i really like reading this post what a beautiful photos of them! And the Christmas look of the blog is amazing!!!
Woof, woof,

Chicco

The Army of Four said...

Black swans?!?! Oh, how beautiful !!!! I hope everyone makes friends over the winter. All of your new additions are so exciting!
Play bows,
Zim

MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA said...

Wow! Enjoy your beautiful, new feathered friends. It looks like they've landed in heaven.
Sending lotsaluv
MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA

Jazzi said...

Oh how pretty they are. I am just so glad that you arent sleeping in that house, bol

wags
Jazzi and Addy

snoopydog said...

Oh how beautiful! What a lovely post. So glad those swans arrived safe and sound. Have a great week! Ros and Oscar

Jake of Florida said...

We didn't even now about black swans -- except for Swan Lake.

They're beautiful and we'll be looking forward to watching how everyone gets to know each other.

Do you both get to approach them too?

Wirey love,

Jake and Just Harry

Ruby and Penny said...

Gussie and Mrytle are beautiful.
Love Ruby & Penny

julandmatt said...

1st you guys are beautiful in your main picture. I hate wearing antlers...so mommy is very impressed with you guys!

2nd...you now have more birds to try not to chase! Those sure are beauties. Congrats.
Violet

Nola said...

What beautiful birds!
Dachshund Nola

Rubie said...

Gosh it looks like "Club Med" over there for the swans. They certainly have nice digs! I'm sure the new arrivals will be very happy.

Tail Wuggles, Rubie

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Gussie and Myrtle are beautiful. We think the future holds some exciting adventures. Bet they love their special quarters.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

SissySees said...

They're stunning!! I kinda' like Gertie's white feathers...

Sam said...

Will they stay in the pen? Or try to fly over? They are really pretty!

Sam

Two French Bulldogs said...

those birds sure are beautiful. Cool, they have their own house and built in pool
Benny & Lily

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Ohh they look like the most happy swans I have ever seen!! Look at them!
love
tweedles

NORWOOD UNLEASHED said...

I never seen black swans before. Jeepers Dauby is a bossy ladee. Let the them have funballs- it's their first real swim.
norwood

Teddy Bear said...

They are so beautiful! We can't wait to hear about your first meeting with your new siblings.:)

Love,
Teddy Bear & Sierra

Teje said...

Wow how exiting! They are so beautiful!

scotsmad said...

They look just like the black swans at our duck pond. Hope they appreciate the lovely home you've built for them.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra, Bella & Roxy

Priscilla said...

They are so beautiful! I thought I could only see black swans in Australia and that was the first time I saw black swans there.

How exciting! Please keep us updated about them.

Stardust said...

Breathtaking elegance! Your place is most awesome!! It'll be great if we can see baby swans in future, any chance?

Hold your breath when you kids finally see em, be nice. ;)

Stardust said...

By the way, I love your Christmasy look of the place. :D

Sam said...

Hi Maggie & Mitch, wow you guys have the most interesting place of all. There's something happening all the time.

Ellen said...

Such beautiful swans. Maggie and Mitch, your new "playmates" are awesome.

Tessa the Maltese said...

OH Maggie and Mitch your new Swans Gussie and Mrytle are just beautiful!

I just knows that you will both enjoy watching them grow up.

Please tell Dauby that she is indeed the Queen Swan of the pond!

woos, Tessa

Sherry said...

How exciting! How many water fowl do you have now? Maybe you'll post more about the pond one of these days. Is the entire pond on your property? Do you have to do some kind of maintenance on it to keep the water fresh for the birds?

Maggie Mae said...

Gussie and Mrytle are beOOtiful! Two wunderful new additions to your fowl family!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Clive said...

What beautiful swans! Murray loved all the photos so much - he was fascinated with them!

We can't wait to hear more about Gussie and Mrytle.

take care
Clive and Murray

Wyatt said...

Oooooo..
They are so pretty. What a nice set up you have for them. We are sure that they feel right at home :D

Wyatt and Stanzie

Keith Andrea said...

wow swan!! I also love watching swans.,they are so pretty.,relaxing


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Princess Patches said...

What beautiful water fowl! I hope you can see them all from inside your house. We hope the new inhabitants bond well with Dauby and the rest of the "family"!

Aire-hugs,
Patches

animal lover, quilt lover said...

It makes you feel good when you see them so happy!!!!
Beautiful birds !!!!
xx, Zoie & Fern

Remington said...

Awesome! Don't they have a movie or something....I'm just sayin'....

sophie...^5 said...

This is so cool...all winter no less...!

Kari in Vegas said...

they are beautiful!

Stop on by for a visit
Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com

River said...

You all have your own swans?? That is so cool. They are beautiful.

love & wags,
River

bichonpawz said...

That is REALLY neat that you have your very own swans! Your very own black AND white swans! Very cool! We can't wait to see more pics!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

Ludo van Doggy said...

What pawsome new friends, they is really very beautiful! Mute swans in England belong to the Queen, Dauby must be so haughty cos she nearly royalty.

parlance said...

I love reading about your swans.

And now you have some that are the proper color, lol. (We Aussies think black is the only color for swans!)