I wrote a column two weeks ago bemoaning the failure of the swan pair to reproduce. Then, this evening, I looked out from the crow's nest to see this scene:

Very exciting! There was absolutely no indication that the swans had a successful hatch until I saw this. After sampling the swamp scum near the house, the family lined up in a row and headed back towards the muskrat house. I look forward to a summer of taking pictures of the five signets!