I was thrilled on May 15th when I found this majestic Mute Swan sitting on a beautifully crafted nest at
Lake of the Lilies.
Mute Swans are a common, large waterbird here in the northeast.
They do not typically migrate according to my bird books,
but I don't generally see them here during the winter.
A few fun facts: They mate for life.
Swans never forget, they will remember if you have been kind to them.
Swans can sleep on either water or land, and also while standing on one leg.
The female chooses the nesting area, while the male defends it.
Both the male and female incubate the eggs.
The partner sleeps close by and keeps a watchful eye on the other.
the nest is empty, and we have not seen any cygnets in the water.
I am always on the lookout for Red-Winged Blackbirds, there is a huge population of them here.
I always hear them before I see them.
This is one bird that always looks like it is smiling.
This is the only female I was able to photograph.
Sharing today's images with Eileen at
for Saturday Critters