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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Mute Swans with cygnets

Hebrides Bird Sightings : Mute Swans with Cygnets

Mute Swans with cygnets

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

Cygnus olor

Gaelic: Eala-bhan

Photograph © Rhodri Davies
Eochar - South Uist - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
28th June, 2008

"I was determined to capture a pair of Swans and their offspring I spotted in Eochar (South Uist), so on Saturday I managed to capture this charming shot of Mum & Dad acting as bookends to their six children...I've also included of a further shot of two of the Mute Swan Cygnets".



Our Swan photographs

Mute Swan
Mute Swan
Mute Swan
Mute Swan

Mute Swan
with cygnets

Mute Swan

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.

























(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")




Other local bird photographs

Sources of information for the bird sightings section

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