July 6, 2018
- as seen by -Beth Rizzo
Each year, those of us who live near Horn Pond in Woburn, Massachusetts wait with great anticipation for the hatching of the cygnets from mating pairs of mute swans (Cygnus olor). The adults live year round at the pond we love that is surrounded by woods, marsh and fields, and the beautiful Mount Towanda.
These swans are very people-friendly (as swans go). They are used to foot traffic and photographers near their home.
I was thrilled to get this image of the swan flotilla. They were moving about near O’Connor Bridge.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The photo above was chosen as the top submission for Wild View’s Celebrate Spring assignment. Congratulations!
Mute swans are a non-native, invasive species introduced into the US in 1800s. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation aims in part to educate the public about this issue. Check out their website for more information.