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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Mute Swan

Hebrides Bird Sightings : Mute Swan

Mute Swan

(Royal Swan, Common Swan, Domestic Swan, Swan, Tame Swan, Wild Swan)

Cygnus olor

Gaelic: Eala-bhan

There were 8 cygnets with this swan

Photograph © Debbie Bozkurt
Benbecula - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
10th June, 2007

 

Our Swan photographs

Mute Swan
Mute Swan
Mute Swan
Mute Swan

Mute Swan
with cygnets

Mute Swan
cygnets

Mute Swans
with cygnets

Mute Swan
Black swan
Whooper swan
 

Whooper Swan
(other photos too)

 

 

Mute Swan records in the Western Isles

Fairly common resident breeder (100-999 breeding pairs) in Benbecula and the Uists
These are the highest UK breeding densities and are a nationally important population
Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)

 

Rare visitor to Lewis and Harris - a single breeding record in 2007


On the chart below the darker the shade of blue the more abundant the Mute Swan is during a month or the more likely you are to see it.

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)

 

 

Collective nouns for Swans

A ballet, team, whiting, squadron of swans (dubious this one!)
A bank, herd, sounder, drift, lamentation of swans
A game, herd, bevy of swans
A regatta of swans (on water)
A whiteness of swans
An eyrar of swans
A wedge of swans (flying in a "V")

From WIKI

 

 

Other local bird photographs

Sources of information for the bird sightings section

Debbie's online photo album


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