Ma and cygnet

Woke up early this morning to see the swan family right in front of the house eating some of the fresh grass stems. No idea whether it is bromegrass or just what. The cygnets were gobbling with vigor. They have to. This time of year, they add an estimated 20% to their body weight each day.

The barnswallows nesting in the peak of my roof took exception to the swans hanging around their area of the pond. So, they were taking swoops at the swans.

The swans ignored the swallows in their usual stately manner. Eventually, one swan pulled loose a beautiful white feather while grooming. It floated perfectly atop the water--until a swallow swooped down and picked it up. At that speed, he couldn't hang on to the feather for long, but I thought it and interesting interchange nonetheless.