Monday, July 18, 2011

Mute Swan Monday - An Update

Margaret and Carlie and doing great!  Margaret doesn't have a problem with Dauby at all because she's bold and does exactly what she wants to do.   Carlie is more respectful.   Dauby still chases the girls but it's more Carlie than Margaret and at this point, it's more of a game and it doesn't go on for long.  It happens a couple of times a day and that's it.  Neither girl is afraid of Dauby at all. 

The girls are getting used to the routine.
They get fed in the morning and in the evening. Both of them are chow hounds/swans!
Dad gave them their own food bucket and their own water bucket.  They love grabbing a mouthful of grain and cracked corn and then drinking.  Their water doesn't look very healthy because it's all cloudy from the grain. 

You can see Dauby in the background watching the girls get fed.  When they've had their fill and move along, Dauby wanders over and eats more of the food.  While she's eating, the girls are preening themselves in the water and having a great time for themselves. 
 The girlz like the ducks hanging around them. 

 There is no question that Dauby is still Queen of her pond and always will be. 
She loves posing for the camera! She's such a ham!
 Mom is literally about 2 feet away from her with the camera in her face.  She really is a very nice bird and doesn't have a mean bone in her body. 
Dauby and the ducks are moulting.  That's why her feathers look so funny. 
 That's Mitch in the workshop waiting for mom to notice him and come over and give him a pat on his head!
So that's the latest on Margaret and Carlie.  We don't expect much to change at this point.  Hopefully one day in the near future, Dauby won't be chasing either girl any more. 

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

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch


  1. Phew. So it seems the swans are like dogs. Need to establish the proper order of things and then all is well. What lovely photos.


  2. They sure are pretty! It must be fun to watch them!


  3. The swans are beautiful. Like the pics of them and the ducks. Mitch, we hope Mom came over and gave you a pat. How could she not???

  4. Hi Maggie and Mitch - you guys have a beautiful place - gardens, swans, ducks and of course, you guys and your mom and dad.

  5. How cool that everyone is behaving! How are Mitch and Maggie with all the ducks? We have a brood or two (Muscovys) around here and we just kind of ignore them.

    Wirey love,

    Jake and Just Harry

  6. Aren't they just beautiful!!! How nice to have swans!!! Lots of love, Debbie & Holly

  7. The swans are such beautiful creatures. We're happy they are getting along enjoying their new home.

    I'm sure mommy went right over to you Mitch and patted your handsome head.

  8. There are so pretty!!! How does this feeding thing go?? Do you feed all those ducks??
    xx, Fern

  9. THose swans are beautiful! They will be BFF's in no time.
    My mom is so proud of you two for not chasing them!

  10. We sure hope Dauby comes around soon


  11. I'm glad they're adjusting to each other. Birds can be very violent if they decide they don't like another bird. One of my little budgies killed another one.

  12. Hi Maggie and Mitch!
    The swans are so beautiful!
    Too cool you guys have them in your place!

    Thor and Jack

  13. Sigh - what a wonderful addition to the yard - they always look so serene and graceful. Thank you for the update :)

  14. The swans are all so beautiful. Good to hear that they are doing well together. It can't be easy having three ladies in the kitchen so to speak:)

    Hi, Mitch, hope you got that pat on the head.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  15. I don't think Dauby will stop chasing the girls. It's too much fun!

    Love and Lots of Koobuss Kisses,

  16. What a great little farm like family you have. It's super cool!

    Nubbin wiggles,

  17. I loved to see them today!
    I hope Dauby will calm down!
    Kisses and hugs

  18. Hi Maggie and Mitch
    I just love looking at your pond..It looks so peaceful, even if Dauby is being a little chaser swan. She just will not let you forget that she is queen.
    Maybe Carlie than Margaret
    like the attention?
    Such a beautiful pond,,,

  19. Glad to hear every buddy is A, OK
    Benny & Lily

  20. We are so glad to hear that Margaret and Carlie are getting along better.:)

    Teddy Bear & Sierra

  21. What beautiful girls every one of them!

    I am quite sure that Dauby just wants to make sure the new girls remember that she IS the Queen of the pond!

    woos, Tessa

  22. Lovely photos! I'm glad to hear things are settling down. It must lift your spirits to have such glorious creatures living with you.

  23. I just love their milky-white, fluffy feathers. It reminds me of when I was a puppy...those were the days!

  24. It is nice to know a truce has been called amongst all the residents of your pond.

    Molly, Taffy, Montya and Winnie

  25. I love your place! Everyone is welcome!

  26. Thanks for sharing these photos with us-what gorgeous swans-and nice to boot!

    Something tells us that you got that pat on the head, Mitch-you do look handsome:-)

  27. Mama loves swans too much. Yesterday, she has long hidden a swan couple to photograph with 6 babies. I've been very calm.

  28. They are so beautiful! I could sit and stare at them all day!
    And Mitch looks adorable! How can your mom resist? I'm sure he got lots of lovin'!
    Play bows,

  29. hi m & m!
    oh what a great update on the swan family!
    they are all beautiful!

  30. swans be beeewtifow wagon-berds.
    Be so pwinsessy an gracefow.

    Maggie an Mitch, pleez come vote in Dilly new poll!!!

  31. The swans are so very pretty!!! I (Huskee) would love to sit and watch them all day, but not sure what my crazy sister would do to them.. (probably chase and/or herd them??).

  32. Hi, Maggie and Mitch -

    The swans are so pretty! They look so big though.

    Love -

    Hershey and Kaci

  33. we made the momm catch up reading your blog... she was lagging. actually there isn't an online connection at the cottage so we can't see our blog or yours. heavy sigh -- whatever happened to progress? we all love to see the swans, we just have loons and ducks and blue herons, no swans. they are quite beeeeutiful!
    theBUSTER, MS.Blue, Persephone & grrracie the great