Phase 2 UPDATED 14/09//2015
14th September 2015
Received yet another report of Mute Swans with Cygnets in Russborough House in Blessington. Confirmed breeding pair no. 42! Thank you Vincent - yet again.
It is proving slow work getting around to sites and then trying to relocate Swans and Cygnets. Parks are easy but waterways, Canals and Rivers are proving difficult. Completed the Peples Garden in the Phoenix Park today. 3 Cygnets first noted 25th May and still 3 Cygnets.
Re finding Families is proving to be harder than expected. Couldn't find yet another family this morning. The other odd thing that is happening is the number of nests we missed. Had a report that a friend Canoeing down the Liffey came across a Family of Swans near Celbridge. So there is another pair and nest we appear to have missed.
Studying Mute Swans is learning curve for me. I have noted that the reason I am trying to gain Cygnet numbers in week 12 is that after week 12 Cygnets can leave their parents. Today I went to Bluebell. It is 12 weeks since I first recorded Cygnets, but 13 weeks ago I recorded Swan on nest, so I can't be sure if they are 12 or 13 weeks. Today there were only 2 cygnets and no adults. Have the family split already? I will keep searching the canal for the missing swans. As they are un-ringed it will be difficult to relocate them.
|Cygnets at Corkagh Park at 12 weeks. Stretching of wings first observed at 3 lolcation all at 12 weeks.|
¬These dates are not approximate hatching dates, but first reported dates, therefore 12 weeks will not be needed.
|Swan and 3 Cygnets at Tymon, Lime Kiln Mid lake today|
Please keep the sightings coming in. I will be emailing all observers to date to request a last look. The interim reports of cygnet numbers have been very interesting with the most vulnerable period being week 1+2 and then survival remaining high.. I could have guessed this but without the interim observations, we couldn't never have been sure.