June 16thSlowly the nesting stage for the mute Swans is coming to an end. Broombridge Station nest has 6 cygnets. It was 2 weeks since I last saw the nest and they look about 10 days old.
June 12thThe Tolka Valley Park nest was abandoned last time I checked and the nest record had to be classified as outcome unknown. However Vincent found a family of Swans 500m down river and the ring on the male confirmed that the 4 cygnets are from that nest, so another success.
I received an email from Niall last Thursday with a sighting of 8 Cygnets on the Tolka River at Annesley Bridge. I was passing today and there are still 8. Never found a nest on the Tolka but good to see a clutch of 8 doing well. Both parents are un-ringed which makes me think it could be the pair that nested last year at Fagans Pub further up river.
My local nest has finally Hatched. As both parents only hatched in 2016 they are very very young. So, Tymon North, 3 cygnets is now added. Took a while to get a count as they were all on her back.
|Tymon Park hatched today. Both parents are age code 7|
3rd June 2018
23.00 - Just been informed of 3 cygnets on Balcarrick Golf Club. I will have to investigate and see if the parents can be identified
Received text that there are 7 Cygnets in Dublin Zoo, Africans Plain lake. Great to here they were successful this again. I will have to see if they are teh ringed pair or a different pair.
Following a report last night that the Grangecastle nest had hatched 5 Cygnets and 1 egg remaining, I went to check it out. The last egg is abandoned and still 5 cygnets with the pen on the water. The male is not doing it's job. Over concerned with other Swans in the top lake, it is ignoring the Gulls and other predators near the nest. Hopefully, she will do a great job on her own!
|Grangecastle Business Park. CAKC bringing cygnet back to the nest for a rest.|
Difficult to work out what is happening here with 4 nests in close proximity. What I can tell is that there was a Female with 6 cygnets under the Motorway bridge. She is un-ringed which doesn't help!
|Broadmeadows - They look about 2 weeks old.|
I have walked many kilometers up and down the Canal banks. On June 2nd there were Common Bluet Damselflies in abundance on the Grand Canal. I rarely post anything that is not avian related but here is one photo! (Male is Blue and Female green).