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Lookee what Uncle B found! These little swanlets are surely brand new, all snoozing at once after struggling up the bank. I believe I count ten (nine little fuzzy heads, but over the furthest left I think that’s a little fuzzy body with his head tucked in). Not sure if that’s mama or daddy swan, but they were both there.

A big relief; we didn’t see the swan family last year and feared the worst. This year, our neighbors have been aggressive about fox control, so I have high hopes.

This was taken RIGHT in our back garden, but safe from Jack on the other side of the drainage ditch (man-made stream really; it looks nicer than it sounds). Uncle B’s picture — I haven’t seen them yet.

And with that, I’m on to Week Three of my Chickenology course.


Comment from JC
Time: May 16, 2016, 9:18 pm

“Cygnets” if you wanna be technical-like

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 16, 2016, 10:50 pm

Well! I swan if them little cuties ain’t enough to make a feller grin!

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: May 16, 2016, 11:09 pm

What does “aggressive about fox control” mean? Sounds grim,

Darling little fluff balls. I used to live on a small brackish lake next to Galveston Bay, and the ducks, geese, and black Australian swans considered my lawn—their lawn. When it rained they would get out of the water and shelter under my trees. No one likes rain in the face I guess.

The swans would eat from my hand; I learned to let go quickly or else be nipped. But given the snakes and turtles on the lake, I’m surprised baby birds ever hatched. I’d find eggs in my flower beds, but always broken. The ducklings were fairly polite, but the goslings would mob for handouts. Made walking around the lake exciting!

I’d want to scoop up those cygnets and bring them home (with mom and dad following) but I suppose the wildlife folks take a dim view of interfering with the big birds. How far away was Uncle B when he took the photo?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 16, 2016, 11:20 pm

Oh, just hunting and shooting foxes a lot. Farmers can get shotgun licenses for the purpose.

Uncle B is currently drawing pentagrams on the floor and attempting to raise Yog-Sothoth. His computer suddenly announced an hour ago, “we will upgrade you to Windows 10 in eight minutes”…and then it did.

Comment from mojo
Time: May 16, 2016, 11:33 pm

Do they belong to the crown? Or is that just the ones near Windsor?

Comment from Brother Cavil, Nie Mój Cyrk, Nie Moje Małpy
Time: May 16, 2016, 11:57 pm

Swans can be mean SOBs, and particularly aggressive with young around. It’s probably best to watch from a distance.


Comment from Armybrat
Time: May 17, 2016, 12:38 am

When I lived in NY, I was upstate, in a small, cute house that abutted the Elenor Roosevelt estate. That end of the estate was a marsh. Filled to the brim with swans. I had never seen a swan before I moved there. Let me tell you, they are BIG nasty tempered birds! I thought geese were nasty! They got ‘nothin on swans!

Comment from The Neon Madman
Time: May 17, 2016, 4:07 am

Re Unca B: I think that the evil demons of Microsoft give you a short window in which you can revert to your previous op system.

And to Ms Weasel: Thanks for the tip on the video camera. Just got mine today. Looks slick. Still not sure what I really need it for, but I will find a use, I am sure.

Comment from catnip
Time: May 17, 2016, 5:48 am

That photo’s a classic–such beautiful things.

I know someone who got too close to a small lake at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California, where there were swans in residence.
He was pecked, and beaten about the head by the wings of what was probably a male, and had a few nicks and bruises to show for it.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: May 17, 2016, 9:06 am

Swans? Mean?!

You ain’t seen nothin’ like a badger that has his fangs sunk into Bill Gates’ arse!

May he rot in hell (even if he owns it).

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: May 17, 2016, 9:45 am

Speaking of crashing one’s computer.

I had a momentary scare when my hotmail account stopped working. As in the web interface stopped responding to user input. Eventually I traced the problem to a blocked script that had to run. But along the way I thought It might be a missing windows update, so I attempted to update a fifteen year old operating system that is no longer supported by Microsoft. It failed with just a hint of almost crashing; i.e. it ran, and ran, and ran, and ran, and ran, and ran, doing nothing but spinning swirlies and disk thrashing and rising CPU temperatures.

And I realized that I was only one computer crash away from losing all my pictures, my music, and my books.

Such is the way of life; eventually it ends, sometimes slowly, sometimes all at once.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: May 17, 2016, 10:45 am

Um, cuz, that sounds unsanitary. You don’t know where Bill gates has been!

Comment from mojo
Time: May 17, 2016, 2:37 pm

Unka B bit by the dreaded no-close update dialog? Oh boy.

The bastards are getting a bit arrogant, ain’t they?

I’ve been going through the updates since January last year, seeking out the sneaky update virus patches and hiding them. Kept me clean so far.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: May 17, 2016, 9:20 pm

That was the one, Mojo.

One day I will get my revenge on Microsoft. I can be very patient.

Comment from mojo
Time: May 17, 2016, 11:53 pm

If you have the install media, you can do a ground-up install of 7. And then update for 2 days. Cold comfort.

Comment from mojo
Time: May 18, 2016, 3:38 pm

If you speak it’s name…


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