Cygnets at Stirling University (5th November 2013)

Yesterday I took a bike ride to Stirling University to see if I could film any wildlife there, one of our John, one of our wildlife reporters works there and on his dinner hour, he will often take a walk around the various ponds that are there.

He has watched all summer as the eight young cygnets there have grown up and looking very healthy, you can see in the video and photos that they are almost fully grown now, with just a hint of grey left in their feathers.

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STIRLING UNIVERSITY IN THE AUTUMN

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SCOTTISH SPCA REPORTS HUGE RISE IN CYGNET RESCUES

The Scottish SPCA has reported a 100% rise in the number of sick, injured and orphaned cygnets coming into its care.

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The Scottish SPCA said it had rescued 127 swans so far this year

The animal charity said it was currently caring for 43 mute swan cygnets, double the number it cared for during the same period last year.

Welfare officers have rescued 127 swans so far this year, 70 of which have been juveniles.

All the swans are taken to the Scottish SPCA’s rescue centre near Alloa in Clackmannanshire.

Centre Manager Colin Seddon said,

“There isn’t one single reason for the increase although we do feel that more people than ever now know to contact us, rather than the RSPCA or the RSPB, if they see a wild animal in distress.

“Some of the cygnets have been found wandering on roads and car parks while others have been attacked by animals, such as dogs, or have been chased off ponds by more dominant swans.

“They are very territorial creatures and sadly competition for nesting and breeding sites is fierce.”

Mr Seddon said that once the animals are old enough to be independent they are released back into the wild.

He added:

“We release cygnets at the time when they are normally dispersing from their parents and at sites where food is provided to help them through their first winter.

“These are sites already frequented by wild-reared swans of all ages so it’s a great introduction for them.”

Swan Diary #8 (Four Eggs Have Hatched)

As of yesterday 27th May 2013 we can confirm that four of the six Swans eggs have hatched. Mid afternoon FWN Reporter Brember Turner texted to let me know that the day we were waiting on had arrived and the young cygnets were under the warm wing of their mother at the pond.

Even better Brem, got some cracking photos for our readers to see them only hours after they were born, remarkable.

Well Done Brem !

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Swan Diary #6 ‘On The Nest’ (2013)

Swans are now nesting !

So my plan for today was to have a quick look at the Swan Pond then bike it to Riverside to check out the area on the River Forth where some Porpoise’s were spotted last week.

Heron in far field
Heron in far field

But as those who of us who film wildlife know you can’t really plan exactly what your going to see, so when I spotted a grey Heron in the far field, I set up up camera just in time to see it catching something. The timing was perfect and I had a good feeling today was going to be good.

The weather was sunny and warm compared to the past few days where rain and high winds were the norm. I took some photos of the Heron then moved down to the pond where the water was very calm and I could see lots of toads on the bottom of the pond.

Best was yet to come as I spotted one of the swans laying in the reeds , as I got closer I made out the edges of the nest she had built. This is what I had been waiting for, last year I started taking photos when the cygnets were born so I was determined to film them as the built the nest this year.

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