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Unrest In The Swan World

As I mentioned last week, the “juvenile” swan is becoming a regular visitor. And, I think I can safely say that it is a male. And that, although we didn’t know for sure when we named the black swan “Groom”, we apparently were right on the money with that one.

As far as we can tell by looking out the window, all three swans get along fairly well as long as food isn’t involved. As soon as I go out with bread, however, young swan’s welcome is quickly cut short.

This was last week, when Groom was attempting to shoo away the newcomer.

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Sunday morning: and although this is not a good picture, you get the idea.

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The one who didn’t get the idea, however, was the young swan. Again and again, Groom would chase him to the far end of our yard, and when Groom turned around to come back my way, the “young’un” was right behind him.

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I do wish they could make peace. I keep telling them that we have plenty of bread for everyone.

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Meanwhile, Bride Swan muttered: “Men!”…..

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….and, while they unsuccessfully attempted to settle their differences, she helped herself to all the bread!

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

The first R5F of 2015!

1.) Motor Man says ‘thank you’ for all of the birthday wishes left as comments on yesterday’s blog post!  We celebrated at our local Bojangles restaurant.  It’s tradition that my birthday gift to him is a calendar with photos taken of the two of us during the previous year.

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2.) The “juvenile” swan has been visiting rather frequently.  I’ll have a post next week regarding how Bride and Groom feel about that.

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3.) The morning sky on the last day of 2014 was a beauty. I was thankful to be “up and about” to capture it.

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4.) Although the temps yesterday morning were in the thirties, my friend, Bev, and I went shelling. We dressed in layers, expecting to have our trip cut short because of the cold, but that wasn’t the case.  It was a fun way to begin the new year. And we both found a few treasures.

5.) Many of the bloggers I follow have written posts this week about New Year’s Resolutions. Although I haven’t actually made any, I would like to be motivated to begin my morning walks again.  How about you?  Any resolutions for you?

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

The last Random Five Friday before Christmas. Has the year gone by as quickly for you as it has for me?  –sigh-  Here’s a little randomness:

1.) The juvenile mute swan visited again earlier this week.  And, along with her this time was Bride Swan.  If the younger one is going to be a regular here, I guess I need to name him/her.  And I’m hoping he/she learns some manners soon: he/she wasn’t sharing the bread too well that day with Bride Swan. And perhaps I need to research whether it’s possible to determine swan gender?

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2.) Also visiting this week was my niece and her son, Jase.  Have I mentioned that he’s my great great nephew? And we took a selfie!

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3.) Sundae had a visitor this week, too. Well, sort of.

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4.) Motor Man and I visited Santa this week. Sort of.

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 5.) And the seemingly obligatory Friday marina photo – taken before sunrise on Monday.

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Happy weekend! Will it be a relaxing one for you or hectic with last minute preparations?

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

Thanksgiving week Random Five:

1.) We’ve had some interesting weather this week: near record high temps one day, heavy rain and wind the next, but thankfully, no snow. This was the sunset on Monday evening (taken through the windshield on our way to dinner).

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2.) Seems that RF5 has become a good way to say Happy Birthday to special people in my life. Tomorrow is my niece, Donna’s, birthday. This is one of my favorite pictures of us, taken during a visit a few years ago.

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3.) This little cartoon has been making the rounds on Facebook. It took me awhile to “get it”. How about you?

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4.) We had guests on the lawn recently. This mama deer has been in our neighborhood for several years. She has a crippled hind leg, and it is so sad to watch her walk. But she’s apparently a mommy once again – to twins.

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5.) AND we had a special Thanksgiving guest yesterday. At first, I thought Bride Swan had been somewhere and gotten very dirty. But, after a little research, I think this may be a juvenile mute swan.

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I whistled at her the way we do to call Bride and Groom Swan, and she came toward me. I threw out some bread for her, and although leery of it at first, she finally ate some.  A neighbor just a couple of miles away has exotic animals and many different breeds of waterfowl. Maybe I’ll see him around town soon to find out if she was visiting from his farm.

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Did you have special Thanksgiving guests?

~These Days Of Mine~