Ask the Swan Specialist
Date: 26 February 2015
Yes, you would be correct that this is a juvenile swan, probably 8-11 months of age. At approximately one year of age, the beak becomes the traditional orange/red color of the Mute Swans.
If the juvenile was blown off course or followed the geese looking for food, then it is normal behavior. The swan will probably get its wits and some energy back and then proceed back to its spring breeding grounds. If there is plenty of food, shelter or other good habitat resources on your pond, then the swan may stay and try to find a mate in the area and use your pond as its new habitat. More than likely, it will fly away and it will do just fine until it can find another swan. The Regal Swan