The Many Antics Of Groom Swan

Sometimes when I’m out working in the yard and don’t notice Groom Swan waiting impatiently for food, he’ll just come casually strolling over to where I am.

groom swan walking

When the ducks are there for breakfast, lunch or dinner, I feed them corn in recycled Cool Whip bowls. Sometimes, Groom Swan crashes their party.

groom swan cool whip bowl

Out near the water, I have a small bird bath that’s used mainly by the swans and (unfortunately) the Canada Geese. When Groom Swan is “on land”, and I feed him bread, he takes a beakful over to the bird bath and dips it in the water to soften it.

groom swan dipping bread

Pretty clever, I’d say.

groom swan and bird bath

And just so Bride Swan doesn’t feel left out, here’s a recent photo of her. (She rarely comes up on land, but when she does, she stays close to the water.)


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20 responses to “The Many Antics Of Groom Swan

  1. They’re both so beautiful! I think Groom Swan likes his bread well marinated…..!


  2. He’s got your system all figured out — to his benefit 🙂 MJ

  3. It’s always a treat to see ‘our’ swans. Never knew birds OR swans would dip their food in water. Maybe he’s letting you know he doesn’t want that stale, hard bread! LOL!

  4. mollieandalfie

    They are beautiful 🙂 Is that your garden… xx00xxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  5. I love the antics of groom swan and the mrs too. His dunking the bread in water reminds me of dunking cookies in milk. That’s so neat.
    I like that little birdbath. I’ve never seen one so short.
    Thanks for sharing this fun filled adventures with the swans. 🙂

  6. He looks so different out of water.. 😀
    WooHoo! Weekend posts!! I miss you here at the blog on the weekends Dianna.. 🙂

  7. I love the bird bath! And, it’s so much fun to see the groom swan dipping his food in the water. He must be a smart bird.

  8. the crows do the same thing when i put out bread under the feeders. they’ll dip into the same low birdbath i have here. 🙂

  9. He’s right at home there; in the water or on the land … keep us posted of his antics !, he’s cool 😉 …. & Bride Swan, too !

  10. What a wonderful “extended family” you have Dianna! And your photos tell the story. You are obviously to be trusted in the wild. 🙂

  11. Even swans are creatures of habit! Funny how we all sort out what works for us and just keep doing it! Smart guy to soften his bread…maybe he needs a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar to dip in ! 🙂 ~ Sheila

  12. what beautiful, special visitors!! i saw a big group of swans a week or so ago on a lake right by me!! no black beauties, though ;)))

  13. What a cute post! All we have here walking through the yard are deer! (and those damn chippies or “Chip” that is nibbling at our garden) I would love to live where you are near water to see this every day! Simply beautiful! I did, however, see a tiny baby deer with white spots all over it the other morning and it had shaky legs too. Bella and I just stood there watching it.

  14. Always good to see your swan buddies.

  15. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Just face it Groom Swam knows a good lady and friend when he sees her! It is interesting that he puts the bread in the water.
    Have a good weekend Dianna!

  16. How lucky to be so close to water. I’m land-locked in CO, but years ago lived on the Chesapeake. Groom Swan is a smart guy – as is his Bride.

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