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A Lone Swan is a Lonely Swan

January 20th, 2015 | Posted by LadyNerkle1 in A Lone Swan is a Lonely Swan - (Comments Off on A Lone Swan is a Lonely Swan)

A Lone Swan is a Lonely Swan

Swans are Social Birds.
They Behave Differently with a Companion or Mate.

Swan will Live Alone – But….

Lone Mute Swan

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Lone Swans can be Captive or Feral.. They are Alone.
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This Female Mute was a Discarded Pet.
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March 2024  – I can not Think of my Life without the Swans..
I have been Loving and Caring for Swans for 20 Years..

In Fact February 18, 2024 was 20 Years to the Day
I Encountered my first Swan. February 18, 2004.

She was a Discard Pet that was spending her Days
at a nearby Boat Launch along the Susquehanna River.
She was Alone and seemed so Sad..

Thanks to the Internet,
I did some Searches and started to Learn about Swans..

My Love of Swans was firmly set when in 2005
a BIG, Wonderful Mute Male flew into our Area
and Pair-Bonded with her.. I was Hooked..

There have been MANY Adventures since then..

Mute Swan
This Female Lived for Four Year Alone on the River.
Literally, “Out of the Blue” a Mature Mute Cob Flew into our River System.
He Found the Lonely Pen.. They Bonded Quickly.
Mute SwansIt was Wonderful to Witness their Happy Union.
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Now SunRises were Delightful.
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A Lone Feral Male Swan on a Large River System.Lone Mute Swan***************************************

A Skittish Young Female Mute Alone on another River System.
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A Different River – A Different Female Mute.
Mute Swan AloneAfter Several Weeks Alone she Disappeared.

A Captive Bred-Released Trumpeter Swan Travels Alone.
It took Weeks to Gain his Trust.

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A Lonely Swan

This Feral Swan came from some place Up River.
Joining with Two other Swans Living in this Area..
Mute Swan

One of her Companions was Seriously Injured.
Her other Companion was Shot.
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This Feral Swan was Alone for over Six Months.

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During the Winter we Visited her with Food every Day.
Winter Mute Swan******

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Mute Swan Winter******
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After 23-24 Years Together his Brother Died. 
Mute Swan AloneAt 24 Years Old, the Cob Accepted an 18 Month Old Female.
A Lonely Swan

This Mute Cob is Full Wing…
Mute Swan AloneHe Flies from Pond to Pond..All over the Area.

Pinioned – his Female was Full Wing – she Flew Away.
Mute Swan AloneNow he is ALL Alone on a BIG Pond.

A Raccoon Killed his Female…They had been Together for Many Years.
Mute Swan AloneHe would Flirt when I came to Visit.
Lonely – He Walked Away from his Property.. Gone.

This Mute Cob is Living Alone.
Mute Swan AloneHis Female was Shot.. He Never Accepted another Female.

Sold with his Sister – Both had been Poorly Fed…
Mute Swan AloneSeverely Under Weight – She Died.
With a Proper Diet he becomes a BIG Health Cob.Mute Swan CobThis Cob and his New Pen Shared Years of their Lives Together.
Mute Swans Cygnets************************************

We Moved our Young Rescued Cygnet to his New Home.
We were Arranging for Two Females to Join Him.
Mute Swan Cygnet
His New Companions are Being Treated for an Illness.
A Lonely Swan
“Meadow” was a VERY Lonely Cygnet..
Mute Cygnet AloneThere is NO Way to Tell this Very Lonely Cygnet,
We Hope “They Girls” will be Well Soon.
Mute Cygnet AloneFinally Happy Together.
Swan ThreesomeWe were Lucky our Threesome was together for 8 Years.
They had Known One Another since they were 6 Months Old.

A Companion Sister was Killed. Lone Mute SwanAlone for many Months.
Lone Mute SwanFinally A Companion.
Young Male Mute SwanBut Not a Mate.
Mute Swan CompanionsYes, there are Two Swans on the Pond.
Mute Swan CompanionsBut they are Both Males !
This Relationship will be Troubled.

This Young Female was Chased Away from her Family.
Mute SwanWe had No Way to Catch a Full-Wing Swan on the River.
There are Too many Rocks and Shallow Place for a Boat.
Kayaks and Canoes are Too Slow.

A Feral Male Swan Living Along a Local Creek.
Lone Mute Swan

A Feral Swan Wandering from Place to Place has little Support.Mute SwanAfter Months Alone he Disappeared.

This Mute Cob is Singing into the Air.
  Hoping Another Swan will Hear him.
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A Mature Rogue Female Swan Stole her Male.Mute SwanWe Moved this Young Female to a Safer Home.

Lone Mute SwanIn a Few Weeks she will be Introduced to a Male.
She will be a Happy Swan Again.Mute SwansThey Nested the Following Spring.
Mute Swan Cygnet
We Lost this Beautiful Pen a Few Days after her Cygnet Hatched..
Now the Cob was Alone Again. 
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Dear little “Puppy” did not Survive..

This Female was Alone – Her Mate had been Killed.
Mute Swan AloneShe Welcomed a Young Male.
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Mute SwansShe has Company Again.

These Females Lost their Male Companion-Mates.

Lone Mute Swan

This Female Mute Swan is Telling the Dock Post
“I Like You.”

She has been Alone for close to Two Years.

Lonely SwanThis Gentle Female Died Alone.

Several Days Ago.. Her Mate Died.

Mute SwanShe is Alone for the First time in Five Years.

Mute SwanAlone No More. A Female Cygnet is her New Companion.
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Not Pinioned this Young Swan Flew Away.Feral Mute Swan******
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Feral Mute SwanThere were Ducks and Friendly People at the Marina.
A Hunter Eventually Shot this Swan.

Her Companions LEFT their Safe Pond.
She Sits Alone – Waiting for their Return.
Mute Swan******
Female Mute Swan PenEven with Lots of Feathered Ducks – She was So Lonely.

First her Female Companion Died.
Then her Rescued Male Companion Died from Injuries.
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A Lonely Swan
She has Lots of Feathered Friend..
A Lonely Swan
Finally, we Arrange for her to Move to a New Home.
Lone Female Mute SwanThe Mate of the young Pen below was Killed.
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Mute Swan IntroductionThe Young Pens are Surprised to See Each Other.
Mute Swan IntroductionWe Brought Treats for the Girls.
Mute Swan IntroductionTheir Upper Necks are Puffed-Up with Happiness.
Mute Swan IntroductionYEAH ! !
Mute Swan IntroductionIt Only took a Short Time for these Pens to Become Best Friends.

 A Mute Cob is Facing the Winter Months Alone.Lone Mute Swan

A Paddling of Ducks are his Only Companions.
Lone Mute SwanWe Tried to Rescue him – No Luck..

This Young Female was Alone for Over a Year.
“At least they have Feathers.”Lone Mute Swan

We Introduced our Rescued Male
and they were Great Company for each Other.
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Some Lone Swans will Seek Companionship from Ducks and Geese.Lonely Mute SwanThey want to have Companions to Preen with – Sit with.

Lone Mute SwanShe is Nesting on an Island..  Fairly Safe.

Lone Mute Swan

A Female Nesting Alone is Very Vulnerable.
She will be VERY Vulnerable to Predators.

She needs to “Sits” for 42 Days before Removing the Eggs.

Lone Mute SwanA Female Swan Nesting Alone
may NEED some Extra Protection Around her Nest.
Nesting Mute SwanIf She is Nesting on an Island.. that Helps.

This Lonely Female Swan Shared her Food with the Pond Koi.
They Grabbed her Food – Gone in a Minute.
She Finally Died.  Lone Mute Swan*************************************

A “Rogue” Female Swan took the Mature Male away
from this Young Female… Now she is Alone.
Lonely Mute SwanWe Started to Look for a New Male…. It took Time.Lonely Mute SwanShe wanted some Companionship.. Enter an Egret.Lonely Mute Swan“Hannah” tried to Talk to the Egret – “Snort.”Lonely Mute SwanThey do not Speak the same Language…Lonely Mute SwanHer “Snort” scared the Egret away.Lonely Mute Swan********************************************

A Lone Swan will usually Look forward to Human Company.
Male Mute Swan******
Male Mute Swan
We Helped to Arrange for a New Female..

Alone No Longer.. A Sweet Young Female joins this Older Cob.
Mute Swans
Together they Watched a Family Wedding..
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This Black Australian Cob has No Mate.
Black Australian CobHe is Nesting Alone.

This Young Male was Rescued from a Dangerous Situation.
Male Mute Swan
He Spent his First Winter Alone.
Mute Swan CobThis Pair of Ducks became his Favorite Companions.
The Following Summer he Welcomed a Shy Female Cygnet.
Mute Swans
A Year Later they are Happy – Bonded.
Mute Swans
Now Winter is a Wonderful Time of Year for them.
Mute Swans
They are Adorable Together.
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Tragically, her Mate was Killed Protecting her while she was Nesting.
A Lonely Swan
Now she has a New Mate to Sleep with.. So Cute. 
A Lonely Swan

The Sudden Loss of her Sister Companion.. She Still looks for her.Lonely Mute Swan

We Arranged for a Rescued Male to Join her Pond.
Young Mute SwansThis Young Rescued Male was Full-Winged – Clipped Twice.. but he had WanderLust.
Rescued Male Mute Swan

We can not Explain Property Lines to the Swans.

Going into Survival Mode.A Lonely Swan A Week Ago we could Hand Feed this Young Female and her Sister.

A Feral Swan Living Alone..  with Canadian Geese. Lonely Mute SwanThey are Company… But.Lonely Mute Swan*********************************

A Mute Cob Alone for Months Welcomes a Young Female.
Mute Swans******
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A Mature Pen Welcomes a Young Male Cygnet.
Mute Swans

I have seen Lone Male Swans “Singing” up into the Air.
They are Calling – Hope to Locate Another Swans.
Especially a Female..Lonely Mute SwanWinter Time Alone is NO Fun.
The Long Dark Night are Cold and Lonely.

Lonely Mute Swan Singing******
Mute Swan

Mute Swans
Their Happy Relationship was Short..

These Three Mute Swans came onto our Local River System at Different Times..
Each Alone.
They Found Each other and formed a Threesome.
Mute Swan******
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Mute SwanIn April there were Two Feral Swans.

Swans are Very Different when they have Company.
Mute SwanIn November there were Three Feral Swans.
Mute Swan
Life is Better with Friends.
A Lonely Swan

This Information is a Work in Progress…..
As I learn more I will add to this information..
Compiled by (C) L.M.Sweger              Updates March 2024

One Winter’s Visits with a Lone Feral Mute Swan.
Feral Mute SwanAs soon as she saw our Van she Headed toward Us.
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Feral Mute SwanSeveral People helped Feed “Harmony” during the Winter.
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Feral Mute SwanShe Trusted Us..Feral Mute SwanAnd we would Bring Good Food and Treats.
And some Companionship.
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Feral Mute SwanA Gentle Feral Swan Living Alone.
Feral Mute SwanWe Tried to Catch her… No Luck.
In the End She was Shot to Death.