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Where have the cygnets gone?

Discussion in 'Stafford Chat' started by molliejane, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. molliejane

    molliejane Active Member

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    Hi everyone , Mollie Jane here.
    I`m a recent joinee ,really enjoy reading all the chat about Stafford. I live near the centre of Stafford, have done since 1999.
    Walking around the balancing pools at Castlefields which we do every day with the dog- 5 cygnets were born about 4 weeks ago from 6 eggs (one egg seemed to disappear?) , we noticed a few days ago there were only 4. Just been out again - only 2. Has anyone else noticed ?
     
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  3. ATJ

    ATJ Well-Known Forumite

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    I have noticed ducklings broods losing members as time goes on. I figured a local heron was eating them.
     
  4. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    There are mink about, too.
     
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    Withnail Well-Known Forumite

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    My money would be on mink as well.
     
  6. wizzard

    wizzard Well-Known Forumite

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    Yes my housemate confirmed yesterday that there are only 2 left out of the 5.
     
  7. molliejane

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  8. molliejane

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    That explains it! Was going down the "human criminal" route but it didn`t seem to make sense. (Not been keen on herons since one was spotted gulping down the frogspawn in our pond a few years ago.Presume the frogs took umbrage as none have been seen in there since then ...and it`s a lovely pond.)
     
  9. Withnail

    Withnail Well-Known Forumite

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    If by any chance anyone up Wildwood way was wondering why there are no ducks on the 'Duck Pond' - that'll be the mink as well.

    Normal service should resume when the ducklings are grown up enough to cease being mink takeaway.
     
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    mink, heron ...all very circle of life, so no problem!

    My money would be on a roaming dog with it's inconsiderate oblivious nonentity of an owner.
    ...there, i said it.
     
  11. WildwoodPaul

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    Interesting you should say that took my daughter down there the other day with a few slices of bread and it was deserted. Whose is the boat in the middle?
     
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    I'm not sure - it used to be under control of the Izaac Walton Angling Association, the same body that issues licences to fish the canal (Staffs & Worcs - the one by the park amongst others?), but a group of people assumed the fishing rights (or ownership?) a few years ago. I don't know the who/what/where/why s of it all but it is they who have done all the work on it of recent years.

    Including grounding a boat on the island it would appear. A little bird (well, actually a bloke what was fishing there) told me they are quite keen to be rid of the mink, by fair means or foul. I don't think the fowl are their main consideration in this desire.
     
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    I did notice whilst walking along the canal towpath by Wildwood last Sunday that the ducks with ducklings in tow only had a couple,instead of the usual little gang of them . Never thought of anything like mink taking them :(
     
  14. tek-monkey

    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    Very few snack size ducks in the park today, lots of main courses though.
     
  15. zakkwylde87

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    I noticed there was only 2 cygnets left instead of four... I would have thought they'd be too big already for most things to eat. I counted 7 ducklings the other week now there's only 1! There must be some bloody hungry minks around.
     
  16. Gramaisc

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    Where ya bin, dude? I thought the mink might have got you, too..
     
  17. John Marwood

    John Marwood I ♥ cryptic crosswords

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    They were melted down and sold at cash4mygold
     
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  18. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    Had they been ringed?
     
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    :heyhey: http://www.staffordshirenewsletter.co.uk/News/ Sort of related! Well at least it brings this daily photo' service to forumites attention, I for one will be visiting and enjoying it! (What makes you think he's damned that with faint praise! Ed)
     
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    Still 2 this morning!:slayer: l passed by on my way back, on foot, from Back2Bikes having dropped off seedling No'2's bike for reapair.
    www.back2bikes.org.uk
    Second time I have been in 2 days, yesterday, they screwed the nut back onto my pedal after it had come off, and I had walked back from Rugeley pushing it!:lolsmash:

    Note for self! When you go out next time make sure you have the correct kit, so if a simple malfunction occurs you have the write tools to repair it! And DO NOT walk blithely past http://www.mammothlifestyle.co.uk/ at Milford! You probably wouldn't have had to pay! I made a donation at B2B, as ever fantastic place to go for all your bike needs IMO. Very reasonable & accomodating IMO.
     
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