October 17th – One of the things that makes me happy in autumn is the parting of ways of that year’s cygnets and their parents. Gradually, as winter closes in, that year’s clutch are gradually pushed away by the parents who still keep a loose family group but won’t tolerate the young too close.
This gradual transition into adulthood is visible about now as you meet lone cygnets like this one, hustling for treats on the canal in walsall, a few hundred yards from its parents.
For once I had some corn and it ate like they always do, like tit had never had food before.
Soon, it’ll join the main local flocks and will spend a few years socialising before pairing off and the family cycle continuing.
Another successful year for the local swans.