In September, I reported the fact that there had no Mute Swan cygnets been seen.
Since then i received sightings of cygnets in Bantry Bay, in Glengarriff and in Ballylickey. So when we booked our annual break in the Maritime Hotel in Bantry for 3 days, I had high hopes of seeing one, because the hotel is situated right above the harbour.
Well, I spotted eight healthy cygnets and although there were some senior cygnets among them, with a lot of white already showing, we noticed that there was always an adult with them.
Mute Swan cygnets, Cygnus olor
cygnets playing ball?
Hooded Crow, Corvus cornix,
Oystercatcher, Haematopus ostralegus
Redshank, Tringa totanus
LEAVE YOUNG BIRDS BE!!
Please, do not hamper a young bird's life by picking it up, and taking it home with you. It is calling its parents to help them in locating it.
After fledgling from the nest, the parent birds will keep feeding it, and look out for it, until it will be able to look after itself.
And the reason you cannot see a parent is because of your own proxomity to the young bird. And while you are ebating if or not you should take the bird home, you keep the parent from giving it well needed nutrition in the form of a meal!
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