This is a Whooper Swan from Iceland. They overwinter in parts of the UK but this one, and apparently there was another, is here in breeding season. They migrate back to Iceland around March. Breeding pairs are said to be only 7 or 8 here, this was in a fenced area of lakes at a garden centre nearby. I doubt it was placed there, I think that would be illegal and it would be able to fly anyway. There's fishing lakes with big fish in so could be taking advantage of those.
I have never seen such a big bird, it was mind bogglingly huge!
How neat to see birds that I've never seen before!
Janet: Love that Whooper Swan! I've never heard of that one before, sure is a neat looking bird ... and my what huge feet!!
Lee Anne: Beautiful Trumpeter Swans, those are pretty big birds too! The Trumpeter is especially pretty!
I think I'd like to live on a lake and have birds like those to watch every day.
I just got back from California, went to San Diego for my nephew's wedding. The house we stayed at had a gorgeous patio/deck area with a huge fountain and hummers would come in the morning and evening to bathe and drink from the fountain. I wish there had been a lot more time to take pic's of birds. I did manage to get one fairly clear one of a hummer one afternoon.
This is the patio area of the rental house we all stayed at while in California. I'd love to have a fountain like this in my backyard, but I'm afraid I could never afford something of this magnitude! The house was pretty awesome too, with 5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths and a kitchen that was truly amazing! The views were really wonderful. I experienced my first ever (and hopefully only) earthquake while in San Diego. I will take Hurricane's any day ... at least we have a few weeks warning to prepare for Hurricanes!
This immature Blue Jay was at the feeder when a Woodpecker came by this morning. The WP wasn't happy about the Jay being there and I watched to see who would win out ... the Jay flew off to a nearby tree!
We have lots of Red-bellied and Downy WP's that nest in the neighborhood. They are here year round and always at the suet feeders or the regular feeders when I put raisins and berries in them.
Last year a pair of Downy's chipped a nest cavity in a camphor tree in a corner of the backyard where I sit on my bench a lot. The female didn't seem fazed by my presence but the male would peep and chatter at me every time I was out there, he did not like me being in that part of the yard at all. After the babies fledged the nest it was so much fun watching them clinging to the trees, screeching for their parents to feed them!
A few months later after the Downy's were gone, something chewed away at that branch just below the nest cavity. I thought maybe a larger WP was drilling out a bigger cavity but I think it was probably squirrels. Last month that tree branch broke away completely and fell to the ground.