Category Archives: Swans

Penny speaks

Penny, Ashbridge’s female mute swan (Cygnus olor) communicates with her mate, Tycho, last week. © BCP 2010 Penny and her long-time mate, Tycho, are mute swans (Cygnus olor). Don’t know why they’re called mute; they’re anything but. Perhaps it’s because the male and female of the species speak to each and their cygnets so softly. […]

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Penny and Tycho, still in (cygnine) love

Penny, left, and Tycho by the beaver lodge at Ashbridge’s Bay on Sat. Nov. 20.© BCP 2010 Here are Ashbridge’s Bay’s mute swan pair, Penny and Tycho. (Penny is on the left in the picture above.) I was out for a quick walk on Saturday afternoon, hoping perhaps to see the swans while I was […]

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Beauty arrives, then moves on

My last picture of Sweet C16, taken after the sun set at the pond at Woodbine Park Tuesday, Nov. 9. © BCP 2010 There’s a double beauty whenever a swan Swims on a lake with her double thereon. — Thomas Hood I selected the words above to be today’s quote in honour of the lovely […]

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Trumpeting a new visitor to the Beach

Sweet C16, a young female trumpeter swan, has joined us at Woodbine Park in the Beach. © BCP 2010 What’s this? A new swan has taken up residence, if only temporarily, in a tiny man-made pond at Woodbine Park (near Coxwell Ave. and Lakeshore Blvd. E.). We’re used to seeing the mute swans (Cygnus olor) […]

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Tycho, Ashbridge’s big male swan, in the bay

Tycho, our beautiful male mute swan (Cygnus olor) takes a break from preening Saturday at Ashbridge’s. At last! After going for weeks without seeing our mute swan family — Penny, Tycho and the kids (who are now only about eight weeks or so away from leaving home)  — I finally saw our cob, Tycho. I […]

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