The Pitter Patter of Webbed Feet

As spring comes into bloom, Green Park’s water fowl are beginning to lay eggs and you may already be able to hear the pitter patter of tidy webbed feet. There are already several mallards with a trail of ducklings following them around the lake.

nestingswan.jpgThis year a swan nest has already been spotted and a female has been sat on her eggs since the beginning of May. She will keep these eggs incubated for the next 6 weeks before cygnets (young swans) appear. Breeding swans typically mate for life and will continue to have eggs every year. Once hatched, the cygnets will stay with the adults for about 6 months at which point they will typically join a local flock of swans.

Swans are fiercely territorial and you may have seen the male of this pair (on the right) guarding the bridge at Willow Walk and not letting any large water fowl near his eggs. The ‘copper top’ on their head is a result of them feeding in the silty waters, where the sediment rests on their head.

If you do go and see the nest, please do not interfere with it or the swans in any way. It is illegal and can be very damaging to the swan family. If you do have any concerns surrounding the wildlife at Green Park please do not hesitate to e-mail me at faye.kelland@greenpark.co.uk.maleswan.jpg