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Working Around an Aggressive Swan

January 19th, 2015 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in Working Around an Aggressive Swan

    Working Around an Aggressive Swan

           GIVE A HORMONAL MALE SWAN Lots of SPACE ! 

MY BEST ADVISE:  

“NEVER TURN YOUR BACK
ON A HORMONAL MALE SWAN.”

Aggressive Male Mute Swan

LOOK OUT ! ! 

Aggressive Male Swan

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I LOVE Male Mute Cobs.. and their Pens.
The Gentle Graceful Swans of Summer can become
Holy Terrors
from January through Early Summer.
Depends on Several Factors I will try to Share below.

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A Male Swan’s Reproductive Hormones start to Increase
Slowly from Late November through December.

During this Stage.. IF a Female is Present..
The Swans will be Courting more.  A Lovely Time.

Mute Swans Courting

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The Most Visual Sign is the Male’s Swollen Knob.

Aggressive Spring Behavior

This Wonderful Male Mute’s Knob was SO Swollen
He had to Turn His Head to See Forward. 
This was our “Handsome Fellow.”

Male Mute Swan

The Cob Often becomes MORE Protective of THEIR Pond !

Male Mute Swan Aggressive

Spring Aggressive Swan

Serious “Busking” is a Threat Display.

MEANS:  STAY AWAY !!!

Aggressive Spring Behavior

Try to Avoid Wearing White in the Early Spring.

Aggressive Male Swan

Mute Swan Protecting its Nest from Another Swan
MALE Mutes Fighting – Serious Battle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci3uDf9YVqo

Male Swans are “Programmed” to Chase or Attack 
other Swan Entering their Territory..
Male Mute Swans Chase White Objects.

I have No Experience with Trumpeter or Tundra Swans
During their Hormonal Season.

One Spring Day I was Wearing a White Tee Shirt
under a Dark Plaid Shirt.  It was a Warm Day…
I took off the Dark Plaid Shirt……

This was the Result !!  Happened Twice that Day.

Aggressive Male Mute Swan

When I Put my Dark Plaid Shirt back ON…He Stopped !
From that Day on, I wear Dark or Earth Tone Colors During Hormone Season.  

MARCH
This time of Year, most Male Swans are very TESTY
to down right AGGRESSIVE…
Chasing Anyone and Anything that Enters
into their Pond Territory..

Aggressive Male Swan

As Ground Nesting Birds the Swan Cob has to be Fierce
to Protect his Female, the Nest and their Eggs. 

Males do a lot of “Busking.” Threatening..

Busking Male Swan

Male Swan Busking

BE CAREFUL WATCH THE COB !!!

Aggressive Male Swan

I Tossed Him Tasty Romaine Lettuce..   

Aggressive Male Swan

I Moved Back Behind the Cob’s “Line.”
There is a “Line” he will Defend.  His RED Line.

Aggressive Male SwanMute Cob Guarding his Females while they Munch.
He WATCH Me VERY Closely.. I had to Behave.

Protective Male Swan

MALES SWANS FLOG..!!!!!
IT HURTS !!

Aggressive Male Swan

WARN Any Visitors to Your Pond or Lake
to KEEP a Safe Distance.  

It is Good to Know Where there is a Barrier to Get Behind.

Aggressive Male Swan

Aggressive Male Mute

 Our Cob WHACKED my Cart SO HARD He Bent it.

Aggressive Male Mute

   Concerned Our Swan would Hurt Himself..
I Make Soft Repelling Tools. 

This is JUST to Keep a Safe Distance..
NEVER Hit Your Swans.

Aggressive Male Swan

  These are Inexpensive Fan Rakes, Layers of Bubble Wrap
and Busy Earth Tone Material I can Take OFF to Launder.  Swan Repelling Tool

Aggressive Mute Swan

Another Idea to Keep A Barrier is a Vinyl Trash Can.

SWAN 32 Gallon Rubbermaid Trash Wheels

This Day I had to Retreat to the Barn and Close the Door.

Spring Swan Aggression

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This Last Thought is a Quote from a Dear Swan Friend.

Eggs in Pocket

This Information is a Work in Progress…..
As I learn more I will add to this information..
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Compiled by (C) L.M.Sweger January 2017
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