This pair of Mute Swans has recently taken up residence at Woodlake Pond in Carrollton, Texas. These well-fed birds have quickly become accustomed to the regular feeding they get from the park’s many visitors, and they now appear to be quite tame.

As I exited my car and approached the water’s edge the Mute Swans came out to greet me. When I did not immediately start feeding the them, the swans began to engage in a showy grooming session. I think it was their way of being patient with me‐they seemed to be preening to give me time to get my act together and start tossing them pieces of bread.

But, I had no food for the swans on this day. I had just stopped by on a whim hoping to take a few photographs. The swans soon bored of my picture taking and quickly waddled on down the lake shore to the next group of park visitors. These folks did have bread with them, and I’m sure the swans ate their fill.

Observation Details

County Denton
City Carrollton
Date Sep 17, 2011
Time of Day Afternoon
Temperature Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C)
Weather Partly Cloudy
Habitat Water-Pond
Type of Behavior Preening
Gender Mixed
Maturity Adult
Observer Chris Jackson
Main Article Mute Swan Observation Location