Swan Diary #5 (2013)

Last weeks few days of Spring weather proved to be a false dawn, as we were plunged back into full on winter again. Chilling winds and snow blasted Central Scotland at the weekend but thankfully it was  only a few days and today we had some nice blue clouds and sunshine.

I cycled down to the swans pond and had a look to see them and found them sitting on the far side along with lots of ducks, the moorhen was on the near side looking for food and was great to see.

I got a question asking what swans feed on and what people might feed them, so I posted some common questions and the answers below.

 

What do swans eat?

Swans living on fresh water will typically eat pondweed, stonewort and wigeon grass, as well as tadpoles and insects such as milfoil.

Swans living on salt water will typically eat sea arrow grass, salt marsh grass, eel grass, club rush and green algae, as well as insects and molluscs.

What can I feed swans?

If you want to feed swans then give them fresh bread (mould is poisonous to them), grain such as wheat or corn, and fresh greens such as lettuce or spinach. The food should be thrown onto the water so that they can swallow water with the food – feeding them on land is environmentally unsound and encourages the swans to leave the water whenever they see people which can bring them into harm from cars, dogs etc.

Can swans be over-fed?

No. Swans are not greedy creatures and will only eat what they need.

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Author: Colin statter fashion /Artist

Artist, Film-maker photographer Ebay seller and fashion model

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