Saturday, 4 July 2015

Mute Swans Molting!


At this time of year Swans may look in distress, unhappy or be very relaxed sometimes and not wanting to move this is because of moulting.
Typically in July or August each year, during which time they are unable to fly. Breeding pairs do not moult at the same time as they, and any offspring, would be too vulnerable to attack. They are unable to fly for approximately 6 weeks from the time that they lose their flight feathers to the time they have grown new ones.
So don't worry there perfectly fine, imagine if you were able to fly high in the sky with the wind in your beak and suddenly that was taken away from you for a few months I'm sure that would have an affect on you.
 

Ryan Swanwatch


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