Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Auntie Agnes

Dad brought this black swan egg into the house a couple of nights ago and told mom that they need to rotate it 3 times a day.  Buster and Hazel are the proud parents that laid it only they're lousy parents!  They built the nest inside the swan cottage, laid an eggs and then went outside to celebrate and enjoy the sunshine and water.  The below picture is egg #2 and it was laid a couple days after egg #1. Buster and Hazel could care less about their two eggs.  They take turns sitting on their nest when it fits into their schedule. 
The first egg might have gotten too cold and froze and may never hatch but dad is not giving up.  He brought the second egg inside the house for a couple of nights to protect it from freezing.  This one could hatch into a baby black swan. 
 Dad discovered that Auntie Agnes, the sister of Hazel, is very interested in sitting on the nest and incubating the egg.    So dad brought the egg that was inside our house for the couple of nights out to the swan cottage and he's asking Agnes to please sit on this egg too.   Agnes adores our dad.

 Agnes said yes and into the nest egg #2 goes.
 These are the lousy parents - Buster and Hazel.    They're still courting each other and dad is hoping that there will be more eggs.   Buster is a very attentive and loving husband to Hazel but what about your eggs?!
 This is Auntie Agnes.  She came out for a short dip in the pond and she'll go back inside soon to look after her sissy's family. 
 Mom couldn't help taking a picture of Angel Whooper.   Her beak is getting a deeper yellow. She's such a wonderful swan!
 And here are the Mutes - Margaret and Penny with Margaret's bodyguard FatA**!   FatA** never ever leaves Margaret's side.  It's true love!

So far, no one has moved into the nesting box that dad built.  Dad thinks that it might still be too early and too cold.  It's 10 degrees at our house right now this morning.  brrrrrr    Where is spring?
So that's the latest here.  We'll keep you updated!

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

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly


parlance said...

I love reading about your swans!!

Cowspotdog said...

Oh my gosh - we are waiting and hoping now.....will there or won't their be some baby swans. How exciting.....

Gus said...

Good luck to all the surrogate parents. Maybe you could arrange parenting classes for the happy couple?

gus n teka

Unknown said...

Wow we so hope there will be a happy event soon. BOL we are chuckling over Buster and Hazel making lousy parents. At least Auntie Agnes has come to the rescue. Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly

Roan said...

Agnes makes a good auntie. You sure do have some beautiful birds to admire.

Susie said...

Hi Mitch & Molly love the swans the last picture reminds me being at the ballet and seeing the dancers with their hair pieces and they just look like the wings of the swan in the picture. Hope Egg 2 hatches. Susie & Treacle. xx

Mollie said...

Oh we hope it hatches, this is wonderful xxoxxx

Mollie and Alfie

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

oMD OMD you have EGGS. How Exciting. And a Nurse Maid fur them. WOW.
Thingys are getting very exciting around your pond and Swan House.
Keep us posted.

Millie and Walter said...

Your daddy is a fowl whisperer. We hope auntie Agnes does the job.

Clive said...

Goodness, we really hope that works out!

Murray adored all the photos - the swans are fantastic!

Keeping everything crossed here that Agnes succeeds!

take care
Clive & Murray

Soggibottom said...

Ah, now we understand why you liked our swans :-)
Well, think Auntie Agnes is a true star and so hope all the eggs hatch out. Lots of luv's guys.
Cat Flap Cavalier X

Ruby said...

OMD, this is most excitin'!!!
You gots eggs!! WoooHooo! Go Aunt Agnes!!! Paws crossed for a hatchling!!
Ruby ♥

Monika + Bente said...

An exciting story.
We are curious.
Regards - Bente

Fred said...

This is amazing! There is a Curious George episode about a similar problem. I am ashamed to tell you that I know this. :P

Two French Bulldogs said...

So who will be babysitting?
Lily & Edward

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Hip, hip Aaarroooo for Auntie Agnes! We hope she's successful. Sounds like a win-win for the Black Swans. We hope the eggs hatch.

Hmmmmmm, so Black Swans' eggs aren't black....BOL!

XXXOOO Bella & Roxy

Soggibottom said...

We know you love stuff, maybe you could nip over to Cat Flap Cavalier for some flowers. Luv's x

Dexter said...

Buster and Hazel seem to be pretty self absorbed. I hope Auntie can take care of things. For a minute I thought Dad was going to ask you two to help with the egg sitting.


♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Good work, Auntie Agnes - the family that lays together, stays together or something like that:) We are all hoping for baby swans too.

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

Anonymous said...

Ohhhhh, an on going love story, a caring Aunt, a worried Dad, you gots our attention!

The Mad Scots

My Dog Sam - Ruptured Disk said...

Beautiful. George is looking pretty good.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Oh Auntie Agnes.. you are a real hero in our eyes!
All of the geese are so beautiful.. and we cannot wait to hear what happens next!

Sully said...

If Buster and Hazel are going to hang out all night parting and neglect their parental duties, I think y'all should report them to the Child I mean Egg Protective Services and Auntie Agnes can have custody of the Eggs.

Thanks for sharing about the swans we like reading about them.

Aroo to you,

Wyatt said...

The swans are SO pretty.

Maybe Buster and Hazel should take a parenting class!


Nancy said...

Agnes is beautiful with her bright red bill. I love that she loves your dad!

Unknown said...

Your swan friends are so beautiful! Love those pictures of them.

Sweet William The Scot said...

Bless Auntie Agnes' heart for taking in the egg. She really looks like she is paying attention to what your Dad is saying.
Sweet William The Scot

The Army of Four said...

Oh, Agnes! What a wonderful girl you are! I hope all goes well and that the egg hatches!
Love the updates on everyone!
Play bows,