Our water gets lots of ducks regularly and geese come and go in large groups. We get a loon once in a while and a very rare sea gull (they mainly hang around in the Target parking lot a few miles away!). When the occasional swan visits, there are usually two. I don’t remember there ever being more than that.
A few days ago, a lone swan appeared. Later that day, he was still around and I told Hubby I was going to go out and take some pictures of Elegant Swan as he was swimming past.
About the same time I took this picture, he noticed me.
And, to my surprise, decided to come for a visit!
He would walk a few steps and then stop and turn his head to get a good look at me. I guess trying to decide if I was friend or foe.
Hubby thought he was probably one of the swans that is fed regularly at a near-by restaurant, where they actually supply bread for customers to feed the Swans and ducks on their pond. So, he is probably very used to being fed.
I really wasn’t interested in feeding him, so I came inside. He left then, but as he went, he could see me in the sunroom, so he stopped and looked back several times, as if to say, “Are you sure you don’t have any bread for me?”
It then looked like he was purposely swimming behind some ornamental grass to keep me from taking any more pictures of him.
But I soon realized he had just gone next door to see what was available there!
He was going up to investigate their bird feeder.
But he didn’t stay there long — apparently he felt bird food was a little beneath him, so he went back to the water and swam away.
By this time, Hubby was really interested in him too. And, decided he wanted to see just how friendly ES was. So, Hubby went out to the water and immediately when ES saw him, he made a bee-line back to shore.
He and Hubby look like they had a conversation. Hubby asking ES where he came from. And ES asking Hubby if he had any bread!
When Hubby had no more questions to ask and went up to sit on the deck, ES followed and nibbled on some plants by the deck, possibly demonstrating that if he didn’t get “real’ food, the plants might pay the price!
But, when he realized threats weren’t going to work, he wandered back to the water and swam off.
But the next day, Elegant Swan (who is really much more elegant in the water than he is waddling on land), came back, and Hubby had decided to feed him.
As soon as he saw Hubby, this time sitting on the steps of the deck, bread in his hand, ES came just about as close to running as I think a swan probably can!
And he and Hubby then bonded while breaking bread.
After ES got his fill, apparently he felt pretty comfortable with us, because he decided to take an after-dinner nap right there by the deck.
Life is good when your tummy is full and you’ve experienced the kindness of strangers.