Swan-ing Again!

Buzz&Bella at Carding Mill Pond, 11/16/2020 author photo (of course).

I’m going to say it’s Bella&Buzz, but I’m not 100% convinced it’s not Lucy&Ricky. I returned to Carding Mill Pond, where I was re-united with Bella&Buzz early March, saw them both together, Bella went off to nest and only Buzz came for a bit, and then on the *other* side of the pond, a young couple was making a nest, and if I hadn’t seen Buzz on the right, and the new couple (Lucy&Ricky) on the left, I wouldn’t have believed there were 4 swans at that pond, and thought it a Superman/Clark Kent thing going on, messing with my mind. Lucy&Ricky’s nest was ransacked by resident Heron (woman who lives on pond told me), and Bella&Buzz went missing. Anyway, when last I visited Carding Mill, over the Summer, there were no swans. On a whim, I went this morning, and it was so beautiful, and I missed them so much, and they seemed happy to see me (Lucy, being younger than Bella, has a browner bill. Bella’s is as Orange as Buzz’s, which led to my confusion about who might be whom). So I will commence visitation (it’s very hard to get back in there, there’s a marsh to ford, you need a big stick which I didn’t have today). I’m very excited to have swan friends to visit, and am willing and wishing all predators away. I’ll let you know how that goes….

Field on the way to the pond
Martha Mary Chapel, on the way home from the pond. Wayside Inn, Sudbury, MA



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Lori McCray

Lori McCray


Photographer, Poet, Musician, Mother, Mystic, Gardener, friend of wild creatures, swan whisperer. Find me on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wingthing/