April 27, 2015. The pen looks like a queen sitting on her throne.
Early Morning Patrol #6
April 26, 2015. I'm pretty sure the cob recognizes me by now. He's interested but not worried.
All is Well
April 25, 2015. Things seem to be moving along as they should for this nesting couple.
April 25, 2015. The cob usually checks me out when I arrive at the nesting site and then continues on his way.
Catching a Few Winks
April 24, 2015. The cob tried to find some shelter close to the nest to rest a bit. Unfortunately there was nowhere to escape from the bitter wind and snow.
Catching a Few Winks #2
April 24, 2015. The pen is ever so slightly sheltered from the wind by the rocks at her back. The snow is a different story.
Hang in Mama!
April 23, 2015. High winds, rain and snow have created miserable conditions on the waterfront. The water level has risen dramatically.
April 22, 2015. I noticed a small wound on the back of the cob's head this morning. I checked back through my photo catalogue and believe it happened sometime in the last four days.
April 22, 2015. The cob looks so regal as he passes the nest just after sunrise this morning.
April 21, 2015. The water level is back up, encroaching on the nest.
April 21, 2015. The Canada geese don't seem to be willing to give up the island to the mute swans.
Where Did These Rocks Come From?
April 20, 2015. The cob appears baffled by the appearance of rocks in the waters around the nest. You can see how much the water level dropped over night.
Higher and Drier
April 20, 2015. In spite of the rain, the water level dropped over night. The nest looks a little safer now.
The pen seems unperturbed by all the activity around her.
The cob chasing off the Canada Geese from the waters around the nest.
The cob returns back to the nest to check on the pen.
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