Sefton Park’s Grebes And Swans
Yesterday we saw the grebes on Sefton Park lake in Liverpool. There were the two adults who caused such excitement when they arrived some three years ago, plus two quite large chicks, all bobbing up and down happily in the centre of the lake. Then, a little further on we saw swans, a pair with four cygnets this year.
Like the grebe chicks, the cygnets are now almost full-size, but just a bit more fluffy and woolly coloured than their parents.
This is the first time we’ve actually ever seen the grebes’ family; perhaps the young ones lurk near the island at the top end of the lake until they’re large enough to survive in more open water – though even today we saw the parents feeding their young straight from a catch of minnows.
Cygnets and swans
The swans, however, are less shy and their young have been ‘on show’ for several months. Perhaps their size is adequate protection without further caution. This year four out of an original five cygnets have survived, which seems to be about par for their annual breeding activity.
So how many cygnets must this pair of swans have produced over the years? And where do they all go?
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