Tuesday, May 13, 2014

WaterFowl Update

You are probably all wondering if the black swan eggs ever hatched and do we have swan babies. The answer is no.  The eggs weren't fertile.  Dad cracked the eggs open a couple of days ago. It had been 45 days and the eggs should have hatched by now.  The only thing inside the shell was a yolk - no babies.  Dad was thinking that maybe Hazel wasn't old enough?  Agnes did her job.  She sat on that nest day in and day out.  She would have been the perfect mom.  
She's enjoying spring on the pond like everybody else. 

 This is an incubator and inside are Grey Lag goose eggs.    Maybe they're fertile?  Maybe not.  Time will tell. 
 Betty the Barnacle goose is sitting on eggs.  We're not sure how many and dad has no intention of taking them away from her.  Maybe Betty and Barney will be the proud parents of Barnacle babies in June?   We'll keep you updated. 
 Can you see her head in the window?  Barney is a great protector.  He guards Betty and her nesting box with his life!
 The grape hyacinths are in bloom. 
 And so is the wild Columbine. 

We are just loving all of the pretty spring flowers~

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

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

30 comments:

Monika + Bente said...

I like the columbine very :-)
Greetings - Bente

Helen said...

That's too bad that there were no baby black swans. Hope you will have some babies. I would love to see some pictures. Your flowers are very pretty.

Ruby and Penny said...

Sorry that Agnes isn't going to be a mom. Next spring. Flowers are gorgeous.

Love Ruby & Penny

Molly The Wally said...

Everything looks so pretty and we so hope for some babies for your pond soon. Pity Agnes went to all that trouble for nothing. Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly

scotsmad said...

Poor Auntie Agnes....all that work and care.

the hyacinths do look like grapes.

XXXOOO Bella & Roxy

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

Isn't spring time jut the best - we are checking on Mr and Mrs Tuffy at the park every day - she is sitting on a nest and he is guarding her - we never get close enough to bother them but we just like to make sure they are okay. Hopefully next year the swans will have babies. We can't wait to see them - Mom has a special soft spot for the black swans.

Millie and Walter said...

Too bad about the black swans but we hope some of the other eggs make it. Your flowers are pretty too.

Two French Bulldogs said...

Oh no. Maybe next time there will be babies
Lily and Edward

Jake of Florida said...

Do you think Agnes was confused there were no babies????

Wirey love,

JH

Coccolino B said...

That's too bad about the eggs, sad to hear it. Hope those other eggs work out! Such lovely flowers.

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

We are sad and sorry that the eggs were not fertile... butt Auntie Agnes gets the Gold Star fur trying to help out.
OMD the new Nesting Box is... OCCUPIED... THAT is Super duper.
this is all good news.

Sam said...

It really must be beautiful around your yard.

Sweet William The Scot said...

We love the Spring flowers also. They look so dainty but somehow they manage to survive the harsh winter.
Sweet William The Scot

Sue said...

We used to candle the duck eggs to see if they were fertile. It took the guesswork out of the process.

Ruby said...

Oh the blooms are amazin'!!!! And I loves the tree blossoms too!
Aunt Agnes is just the bestest! I hopes she knows that!
And, I hopes you're gonna have baby fowl soon!
Kisses,
Ruby ♥

animal lover, quilt lover said...

I love spring flowers too Mitch and Molly!! We love yours too!!
Sorry about the eggs!!

Whitley Westie said...

Too bad dere were no babies - bet dey woulda been cute!

Wesley McPoodleton said...
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Wesley McPoodleton said...

Awww..too bad about those eggs having no baby birds in them. Crossing my paws to see some cute little baby geeses come June!

SissySees said...

Beautiful flowers! So sorry about the swan eggs.

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Aww, that's too bad, but good old Agnes sure gave it her best shot. We hope the ones in the incubator hatch with some sweet babies.

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

TrixieAndLily said...

Lots of cool eggs! We never knew swan eggs were black! We are sorry that nobody was inside the eggs after all. Mama works at a school, and she says some of the classes have had chicken eggs in incubators, and many of the chicks hatched today! Mama stayed late at work cuddling the baby chicks. Now she wants a pet chicken. We're not sure how we feel about that!

Sully said...

Poor Ms. Agnes she would have been a good mother not like that bag of feather who didn't want the job.

Aroo to you,
Sully

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I would love to come to your house and see the duckies and swans,,, and all those pretty flowers!
love
tweedles

Mollie said...

That's sad about the swan eggs, we hope the others hatch so we can see the babies :) xxoxxxx

Mollie and Alfie

Bocci said...


So sorry about the swan eggs...but there's still hope for the others—fingers crossed! And thanks so much for sharing your beautiful spring flowers with us!

The Army of Four said...

The only thing more beautiful than those wildflowers is Barney! What a great protector!!!
Sorry there weren't any babies, but maybe next year for Hazel?
We are starting to see little baby geese here!
Cammie!

Mr. Pip said...

I'm sorry about the swan eggs. The flowers sure are beautiful!

Ruby

Ludo van Doggy said...

The columbine... we call it granny's bonnets over here, is Mum's favourite garden flower. Too bad there wont be any swan babies but fingers crossed for some Goslings!
~lickies, Ludo

Roan said...

Barney and Betty will be good parents. Betty has a great name. :)