Thursday, January 03, 2008

Winter Swans in Sheepshead Bay

A family, or a few families, of swans live in Sheeepshead Bay throughout the year, even in the Winter. (The picture above was taken on December 29.) The swans are deceptively large, maybe 25 or more pounds, and the whitest, white I've ever seen. They also make a mess, so people try to keep them off their land, docks and boats. The swans are generally passive and don't bother people, they are not afraid to protect or their turf. You don't want one of these things to charge at you. Trust me!

The October 24, 2004 issue of the New York Times writes about Sheepshead Bay's swans noting they are mostly feral mute swans native to Europe. And for many years wildlife workers have been controlling the Jamaica Bay swan population to keep the swans from proliferating, crowding out native wildlife and fouling freshwater ponds. The swans are good relocators and have made their way to Sheepshead Bay where they've most likely grown used to being fed.

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At Monday, August 29, 2011 1:51:00 PM, Blogger Dene716 said...

I work on Emmons Avenue and I thoroughly enjoy walking by the bay during my break. The swans are beautiful and as you noted, they manage to keep their whiter than white feathers clean in that murky water.
I would like to know how they survive during the winter months, although you did they that they originate from Europe.


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