Tuesday, March 29, 2005
I'm pleased to say that the muddy swans, George and Mildred, are still using the nest right in front of Lady Jane.
If you look at the picture, you can see one of the swans sitting beside the nest, surrounded by old ropes and suchlike. Given the muddy walk to the waters edge, the state of the platform the nest is on and, now, the proximity to Lady Jane, I'm really surprised at the swan's choice of nesting site.
The muddy swans are definitely a distraction, and are hard to ignore when they come drifting by in search of tidbits - as Jason, another volunteer who came down with me to work on the boat, found out. It is remarkable how they drift along so effortlessly in search of food.
I try not to disturb them when they are on the nest, even though this means walking the long way round between Lady Jane and the truck.
Still no eggs in evidence though.