There's a Swan in my Yard

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  1. GAD

    GAD Wubbalubbadubdub Silver Supporting Member

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    I woke up with the dogs going positively berserk. Turns out there's a white swan pacing back and forth just outside the fence. By the time I got involved, it had decided to sit outside the fence.

    My wife decided to deal with it by walking halfway into the yard and telling it to "shoo - go home - there's a pond that way" The swan was not impressed.

    I go out there, walk right up to the fence, and am maybe five feet from the thing, which is just sitting there watching me. I throw some snow at it (the powdery kind, not hard ice). Nothing. I get a fallen tree branch from the yard and wave it while yelling. Nothing. I actually poke it with the tips of the branch (about 6-10 feet long) while yelling. It is unperturbed. I break off pieces and throw them at the bird, which nibbles at the pieces after they bounce off of it. Now it probably thinks I'm feeding it.

    I bring the dog (130-pound Newfoundland) with me. The dog, brave as a lion from the doorway, will only get closer when hiding behind me. Sigh.

    I get the dog with me at the fence, and the swan shakes its head and looks away. I turn and the dog gallops back inside where she can bark from the safety of the house. Such fortitude!

    Back inside, some googling leads to accounts of much fighting over Mute Swans. Apparently they've gone from "protected" status in many states to "invasive species" status, and many states have launched programs aiming at eliminating them them, much to the protest of organized Swan-lovers. I don't want to eliminate it; I just want my dogs to stop barking.

    As of right now the swan is back at the fence. Sitting. Mocking me. The dog is sitting on the deck. Watching. It's a NJ standoff.
     
  2. Tom CT

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  3. GAD

    GAD Wubbalubbadubdub Silver Supporting Member

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    I went out to take some pics and my wife let the male Newf out. He trotted up beside me, let out a thunderous bark, dropped his head and growled. Though the swan wasn't impressed by Annie, he was not amused by Guinness the man-dog. The swan dropped his head and hissed, and Guinness was ready to go. I had to grab him by the collar to keep him from lunging at the fence.

    I got him back inside and continued with the pics. The swan has since flown away.

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  4. GAD

    GAD Wubbalubbadubdub Silver Supporting Member

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    LOL - yup, it was just like that. :)
     
  5. soli528

    soli528 Silver Supporting Member

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    Beautiful pictures!
    Maybe you should consider whether this some type of animal-spirit-guide and the universe is trying to tell you something.
     
  6. Blix

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    Congrats with your new pet swan! :aok
     
  7. unoguitar

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    Be careful if they start showing up in multitudes.


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    Course, the swans are way more pretty....
     
  8. Seth L

    Seth L Silver Supporting Member

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    Isn't that good luck or something?
     
  9. shane88

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    the queen owns all the swans

    ring her up & complain
     
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    Lovely pictures!

    ps. When I saw the title I thought this was going to be a Soloway NGD thread. ha.
     
  12. MES10

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    I enjoyed the story, thanks for sharing! LOL
     
  13. axavm

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    Looks like a pterodactyl to me... ;)
     
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    Be careful if he shows up again. Swans can be pretty aggressive.
     
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    Taste better than chicken!

    There are good reasons for wanting to eradicate the things. Some places might be happy you do it for them. I suspect that's not the case where you live.
     
  16. bonegrubber

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    Nice pics! Good tale...dig the newf dogs. Cheers.
     
  17. swlees

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    Pretty cool. I have not seen one for a few years. We used to see swans and snow geese stopping in large numbers in the corn fields around here, but they stopped coming. I wonder if their migration patterns have changed.
     
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    Swanee how I love ya how I love ya
    My dear old swanee
     
  19. dennyman

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    Yes! There's one that visits a small pond over in the neighborhood next to ours. I got too close to the pond once. They're fast too!!
     

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