We saw some swans in a pond behind an old grist mill on the way to the movies yesterday. I said we would stop on the way back if they were still there. They were and we did! We got out of the car and walk down the short path to the water and the swans paddles right over to us probably looking to be fed. We watch and admired the water birds for a while including their more timid friends the mallard ducks until my daughter remembered we had PB&J leftover crusts in the car! We went and got those and that was when the duck really came to the party! My son had a hard time understanding the concept of break it up in small pieces to make it last longer so his piece was gone in two throws. Back in the car with the kids, the swans were great conversation. My nephew told a story about how a piece of bread landed on a swan’s back and he reached his snake-like neck back to retrieve it only to push it further off his back entirely and then reach EVEN further with his neck into the water! I like zoos but animals in nature are even better!
Do you live near any friendly or not so friendly wildlife? Please share!
Hans Christian Anderson’s Ugly Ducking with illustrations by award-winning illustrator Jerry Pinkney (thanks Red Dirt Kelly).
A Newbery Award winner, The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars is about a 14 year old girl who’s inward focus is forced out over a crisis involving her mentally disabled brother who disappears looking for swans. Thank you Pragmatic Mom for the recommendation!