The Swans of East Hampton

Posted by Francesca

Earlier in the spring, we were walking in East Hampton, NY and came upon a swan sitting on her nest at the Town Pond.  This beautiful pond was once a watering place for the cattle of the area.  But today, the swans pretty much run the show here.  We were cautioned to keep our distance, as swans can be really mean.

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The swans had hatched four fuzzy cygnets! Their parents may not want us around, but maybe these kids want to play with us.

Comments (10)

  • Such beautiful and large swans.
    What I want to know is did you gals BEAT it out of there when the male swan made his landing or did you have courage and bark at them?

    I was groomed today so I am pretty bushed but my Mama says I smell much better so off to bed I go. I love your jackets.

    Mrs. Bosley Chow Chow

  • Thank you for sharing your day. I was very interested to see the swan nest and their young. I have never seen either before and found the pictures to be very interesting.

  • Hi! F&S!

    Mrs. Bosley Chow is right! Those swans *are* beautiful!

    I suppose they become mean because for centuries they have been trying to shake off some bad rumor about them being 'ugly ducklings'.

    I hope one day they get over themselves!

    And those cutie-pie babies are enough to make you wanna get up on tippy toes and have a 'party-dew' (A party with Mountain Dew), I mean, 'Pas de Deux', right there on Swan Lake!

    'Cygnets', they're called, huh? Learn something new everyday!

    Thanks girls!

    PS. Gotch'er toe shoes on? :)

  • My mom (Sue) said to tell you she loved seeing the photos of the swans (pssst...she actually had tears in her eyes when she looked at the photos of the cygnets).
    Mom grew up in New Jersey on a lake where there were ducks and Canadian geese, and the geese could be mean and chase humans who bothered them. So, she knew what you meant about staying away from the swans! Personally, I'm bored with birds, ok? Birds are Mom's thing...I'd rather take a nap!

  • how interesting the swans nests and babies look...thanks for the you pups where frothing in the mouth wanting to chase them!

  • This just in from the ASPCA for summer weather tips for dogs and cats. Important stuff Franny & Sharkey.
    Need to pass this along to all our blogger friends please.

    Mrs. Bosley Chow Chow

    Hot Weather Tips

    In summertime, the living isn’t always easy for our animal friends. Dogs and cats can suffer from the same problems that humans do, such as overheating, dehydration and even sunburn. By taking some simple precautions, you can celebrate the season and keep your pets happy and healthy.

    - A visit to the veterinarian for a spring or early summer check-up is a must; add to that a test for heartworm, if your dog isn’t on year-round preventive medication. Do parasites bug your animal companions? Ask your doctor to recommend a safe, effective flea and tick control program.

    - Never leave your pet alone in a vehicle—hyperthermia can be fatal. Even with the windows open, a parked automobile can quickly become a furnace in no time. Parking in the shade offers little protection, as the sun shifts during the day.

    - Always carry a gallon thermos filled with cold, fresh water when traveling with your pet.

    - The right time for playtime is in the cool of the early morning or evening, but never after a meal or when the weather is humid.

    - Street smarts: When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog stand on hot asphalt. His or her body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.

    - A day at the beach is a no-no, unless you can guarantee a shaded spot and plenty of fresh water for your companion. Salty dogs should be rinsed off after a dip in the ocean.

    - Provide fresh water and plenty of shade for animals kept outdoors; a properly constructed doghouse serves best. Bring your dog or cat inside during the heat of the day to rest in a cool part of the house.

    - Be especially sensitive to older and overweight animals in hot weather. Brachycephalic or snub-nosed dogs such as bulldogs, pugs, Boston terriers, Lhasa apsos and shih tzus, as well as those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

    - When walking your dog, steer clear of areas that you suspect have been sprayed with insecticides or other chemicals. And please be alert for coolant or other automotive fluid leaking from your vehicle. Animals are attracted to the sweet taste, and ingesting just a small amount can be fatal. Call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 if you suspect that your animal has been poisoned.

    - Good grooming can stave off summer skin problems, especially for dogs with heavy coats. Shaving the hair to a one-inch length—never down to the skin, please, which robs Rover of protection from the sun—helps prevent overheating. Cats should be brushed often.

    - Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.

    - Having a backyard barbecue? Always keep matches, lighter fluid, citronella candles and insect coils out of pets’ reach.

    - Please make sure that there are no open, unscreened windows or doors in your home through which animals can fall or jump.

    - Stay alert for signs of overheating in pets, which include excessive panting and drooling and mild weakness, along with an elevated body temperature.

    Water Safety

    For a lot of families, summertime means swimming time. If your pooch will be joining you on your adventures, be it lakeside, oceanside or poolside, please read our following tips:
    - Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool.
    - Not all dogs are good swimmers, so if water sports are a big part of your family, please introduce your pets to water gradually.
    - Make sure all pets wear flotation devices on boats.
    - Try not to let your dog drink pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals that could cause GI upset.

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    I have never been that close to a swan as you two were in the picture. I have been really close to some ducks and geese though. We go to Pigeon Forge in the spring time. On spring it was raining a lot and the river was flowing really fast and all the creeks and ditches were full of running water. A mama duck brought her young babies to a mud puddle behind our RV and taught them to swim. Mama and daddy watched them and took some pictures of them. I saw them and went back to what I do best, sleep.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Mrrrowmrrrowmrrrow. I am mrrrowy gwad you two kept yer distance fwom dat wittle swan! They can be pwetty-n-all, but dey will pinch you in your wittle bee-hinds if you awen't careful. Da babies were awful coot, too - sadwy, when I was a wittle boy, I was baddd, 'n I would've had me a tasty morsel pwobwy if I'd've been awwowed outside. Since I is an old 'n wise kittie, now - why, my wittle hawo is n-e-v-e-r cwooked.

    Happy TunaTuesday!


  • F & S
    Beware of the Swans! If they are anything like the geese that come around our property look out - they are nasty suckers. I had one come running after me and mom with the tongue sticking out a mile hissing away. It sort of reminded me of the guy in the band Kiss - big old ugly tongue - GROSS!!!


  • Does anyone know what happened to the Swans this year? They were there in March, and were even starting a new nest, then came the rains, and the nest and swans disappeared! Actually I am worried about them. And, each year, when the goslings are born, first there are many, then some disappear, and only two are left, along with the parents. Does anyone know who is orchestrating this?

    Many thanks,

    Dee from Montauk

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