Wednesday, May 11, 2016


I don't know about you , but I think Swans are just beautiful. Having just completed my third European River Cruise, I can report that there is a healthy Swan population on the Danube, Rhine, and Rhone Rivers.
On our most recent trip,The Rhone, we spotted this beautiful specimen just after boarding the ship in Lyon, France.
We were even able to watch them doing take offs and landings from our cabin.
In a marshy area beside the river we noticed several nests, each with one huge egg,
but the piece de resistance was this family. A mother, father and seven siblings!
The father, I guess it was the father since he was the larger one, was very protective when I tried to come closer.. Aww the beauty of Spring! 
Question: Since all of the nests I saw had only one egg. Did this Mom have seven nests? Or, are these two adults swans just gosling sitting. A daycare situation, so to speak?
I love the Internet! Gosling in not correct. A male swan is called the Cob, female, a pen and the babies, cygnets!


  1. Dearest Janey,
    What a beautiful sight and yes, swans are the most elegant of all water fowl, to me at least!
    Don't know about the one egg, it might just have been their first? But yes, I've seen also swans with one or two babies on their backs...

  2. I always see swans here with many offspring, so they must have many eggs. I once read the father also is sitting on the eggs, as a good husband.