A reader reached out to ask if I could find out what happened to the baby swans on the Sudbury Reservoir.
I know that many residents and readers have made a habit of watching the swans on their regular walks or runs down Parkerville Road. One reader noted that the pair of swans on the Reservoir had hatched 6 cygnets in the spring. Not long after, he observed that there were only 3 cygnets left – then only 1.
He writes that 2-3 months ago:
I came across a a guy who was preparing to put a kayak into the reservoir off Parkerville. I stopped and spoke with him, noting watercraft were prohibited. He explained that he’d already called the authorities and had secured permission. He was on a mission to rescue the cygnet as it had a fish hook in its bill (ouch!). I had observed the cob and pen a few days before – one was in the water, the other onshore with the cygnet, which seemed to be sleeping.
Since that time, I have seen the cob and pen only once or twice – no cygnet!
He is hoping another reader can shed light on the cygnets’ fate. So am I.
Do you know what happened to the last cygnet? Was a rescue operation successful?
Do you have information on what killed the first five?
If you know something worth sharing, please post a comment below.