Swans Through the Seasons

A day-to-day close-up of mute swans and life around them at Stanley Park's Lost Lagoon.


Wild swans at Lost Lagoon? -- Miki and Fiona
I found your website about the swans of stanely park, great site ! I was wondering if you had any info on whether or not, now that the swans have been moved to a wild life reserve, there are any ...

Fiona and the swans -- Message from Karen
I have just been in Vancouver for a couple of days and just prior to leaving I took a 5 mile stroll around Stanley Park culminating at Lost Lagoon. There I saw Fiona feeding the swans and I have to ...

Royal swan fight -- Just trying to kill each other!
I got down to the Lagoon on Sunday Nov 27 and things were pretty calm - Tristan and Isolde came up to eat at this end. Then... Bijan came closer - he must have been pretty hungry, and decided he'd ...

Mama & Papa Swan's Adventures -- Swans 10 - Raccoon 0
Mama and Papa Swan sailed proudly along the channel at their end of the lagoon. They have enough feathers to look regal, as long as Papa doesn’t try to raise his wings too high – they ARE still a bit ...

Summer Swans -- It Isn’t Easy Being Green
Today is cool and raining, and although that doesn’t put a smile on many visitors’ faces, it’s a happy fleet of swans we see scattered across the lagoon, bouncing on the windswept waves. During the ...

Summer Swans -- Help! Extreme Makeover Needed
It’s early summer and most of the Lost Lagoon swans are slipping into their just-kick-back-and-relax look, but some take that fashion much farther than others. First, it’s the season when they root ...

Summer Swans -- Mama Swan Back to Her Routines & Some Fun
With Mama Swan completely off the nest and back to her normal routine, her appetite’s slowly returning and she’s enjoying lots of leisure time on the water. That is, if you can count pedaling at top ...

Swan Senior in Fine Feather -- ......for now
With molting season getting under way, it’s a frayed fleet of swans that cross the waters of Lost Lagoon these days. Even the King and Queen – Precious and Marika – are slightly tattered. The only ...

Swan Molting Season at Lost Lagoon -- Tristan and Isolde Busy Plucking Feathers
Molting season is well under way at Lost Lagoon and our beautiful swans are beginning to look a bit tattered. This, combined with ring around the collar and browned heads from diving for food from ...

No Cygnets for Mama and Papa Swan -- Mama Swan’s Ready for a Makeover
Alas! It seems Mama and Papa Swan aren’t to be proud parents this year, in spite of ideal nesting conditions and their faithful care of eggs and nest during the incubation. Of her 5 eggs that she ...

WHY SWANS PREEN -- Tristan & Isolde's Master Class Demo
A happy sight often greets visitors to the lagoon these days, as Tristan and Isolde are back to their old routines once again. They don’t seem to regret missing the nesting season, and now, as ...

Mama and Papa Swan Nesting -- Patiently waiting…….
A quiet rainy morning at Lost Lagoon, with Mama and Papa Swan both enjoying time together. Papa continues to keep a close eye on her, doing nest-duty, and generally being a good mate. Mama was ...

While a few steps away...... -- A heron also waits patiently
One of the Great Blue Herons that frequent the lagoon seems to enjoy being right next to Mama and Papa Swans’ nest. He spends hours perched at the water’s edge, maybe hoping a suitable-sized fish ...

Nesting (and not) Swans -- The Young and the Restless …and others!
Mama and Papa Swan are still the proud guardians of 5 beautiful eggs, enjoying their sense of security in contented companionship behind the mesh. Talk about teamwork! Today I watched a raccoon sidle ...

S'wan-derful! Tristan and Isolde’s Good News -- Lost Lagoon’s Lovebirds Together Again!
Along the shore by Nature House, 5 swans floated contentedly, necks disappearing into the water to seek out tasty morsels from the lagoon. Heads periodically came up for air, revealing 3 lighter ...

Nesting Swans at Lost Lagoon -- Close Companions on the Nest
How devoted Papa Swan is this year! His wild past, when he was known as Deadbeat Dad, is long gone, and he’s front and centre for nest-duty to relieve Mama when she needs a break, to spend time with ...

Tristan’s Return to the Lagoon – Day 3 -- A Swan Affair – Just a Passing Fling?
Oh, to know what they’re thinking….! This is Tristan’s 3rd day back at the lagoon following his 2½-month rehab, during which he was away from his mate, Isolde. Now that he’s returned and once again ...

Tristan Returns to Lost Lagoon! -- Later That Day.....
It was too good to last. Foolishly returning home, happy over Tristan’s joyful re-introduction to the lagoon, I decided to go back a little later to see how things were going. Genghis Swan and Papa ...

Tristan Returns to Lost Lagoon! -- A Big Day For Us All
Wildlife Technician Ziggy arrived just after 10:00 a.m. with Tristan tucked safely in the van. She opened the back door, and there he was – a very healthy, plump (yes - he even gained a little weight ...

The Afternoon of a Swan -- Domestic Bliss on the Nest
The sun warmed the air, a red-winged blackbird chirped his song nearby and black-capped chickadees flitted in the bushes beside Mama and Papa Swan’s nest. Papa was seated firmly on the 5 eggs while ...

Swan Nesting Update -- Mama Swan's "Nest-Egg(s)"
Mama Swan added yet another egg to her treasury, and you can hear Papa far and wide as he swims back and forth, calling his four signature SNORTS, rearing up on his tail and stretching his wings wide ...

Swan Nesting News - the Royal Couple -- A New Love-Nest for the King and Queen
The fuss! The attention! The crowds! The paparazzi! Oh, the burden of being royalty these days! Yes, the King and Queen of Lost Lagoon, Precious and his mate, were used to being the centre of ...

Swan Nesting News - Mama and Papa -- Another Egg!
At the other end of the kingdom (lagoon), Mama and Papa Swan continue their domestic bliss, and today Mama boasted FOUR eggs. The two were busily adding more material to their beautiful nest this ...

News from the Nest -- Mama and Papa Swan
Mama had her bill tucked under a wing, enjoying a siesta, while Papa hovered nearby, with an occasional reassuring snort to signify that all was under control. As she slept peacefully, I also hovered ...

Nesting Swans at Lost Lagoon -- Papa Swan Proudly Guards Two Eggs
Mama Swan has produced another egg and the couple appears to be on guard 24/7 this time, to prevent the raccoon robbery that happened with the first two. Mama’s still enjoying time to swim and nibble ...

Nesting Swans at Lost Lagoon -- Mama Swan Has an Egg!
Mama Swan is working hard to out-pace the rapacious raccoons who ate her first two eggs, and has produced a brand new one that we saw nestled in the little hollow she and Papa Swan fashioned so ...

Two Young Swans on a Spring Afternoon -- New Adventures
On this fine April day, a pair of our 2-year-old swans joined Lost Lagoon’s Elder Swan, Boy, to graze the tender green grass that’s at its best. Yes, our Bijan has been keeping company with one of ...

First Nesting Swans at Lost Lagoon – Part 1 -- Building the Nest – a Team Project
A special THANK YOU to the Parks Department Foreman and Staff for having cleared the old 2003 swan nest-site at winter’s end, so Mama and Papa Swan could have a much better location than in past ...

First Nesting Swans at Lost Lagoon – Part 2 -- Swan-Egg Rustlers Around the Lagoon
Now that all is ready, and both Mama and Papa take turns sitting. But there’s something missing from the nest. Eggs! We have had reports that so far, poor Mama Swan has laid TWO eggs – both of which ...

Springtime Swan Adventures – Part I -- Precious Takes on the Fleet!
A pleasant spring day saw the swans scattered peacefully across the lagoon, with the 4 “teddies” pairing off in friendly twosomes! Peacefully, did I say? The illusion ended after 2 or 3 minutes’ ...

Springtime Swan Adventures – Part 2 -- “Boy” Loses A Bit of Dignity to Precious!
Boy, who’s in fine feather these days and loves to sail around the lagoon - sedate and stately – detests having to hurry along ahead of feisty Precious whose sole objective is to latch onto a few ...

Nesting Swans -- A Well-Trained Mate
As I rounded the bend in the path by the wetlands, there was Marika, feet firmly planted in the new grass, grazing the fresh crop that flourishes in the early spring, perky tail bouncing as she ...

Swans: Fair-Weather Friends? -- A Springtime Surprise
Our occasional sunshine is bringing out all the spring instincts in our swans, in spite of it still being cold. Precious and Marika can be found in the wetlands more often, looking at their old nest ...

The Swans of Lost Lagoon...... -- ......where size doesn't matter!
Among the waterfowl at Lost Lagoon, the Mute Swan is by far the largest, and by contrast, the smallest is the pretty little American Coot. Coots aren’t afraid to hang around swans in the water ...

Lost Lagoon Swan Injured - Part 2 -- Tristan Cared for and Treated
On Tristan’s arrival at the Night Owl Bird Hospital, Dr. McDonald found he had a laceration on his left foot, deep enough to go right into the bone. He had evidently stepped on something very sharp ...

Lost Lagoon Swan Injured – Part I -- Tristan Rescued &Taken to Night Owl Bird Hospital for Care
I went down to do the authorized afternoon feeding of our swans and was surprised to see our young Tristan choosing to lie down as he ate. As soon as he got up I started to check him over. He clearly ...

Swans' Winter Workout -- or....Skid-marks on the Water
With the recent ice now melted, Lost Lagoon’s 13 swans are getting a fine workout now that they have more room to travel; they might not be getting all this exercise if it weren’t for ...

"Iced" Swans on Lost Lagoon -- Passing the Time on a Winter Day
The recent cold (for Vancouver) Winter days have seen thin ice form on much of Lost Lagoon, but happily, for the moment, there are open areas of clear water so our swans are managing. Precious and ...

King and Queen for an Hour -- Tristan and Isolde in Precious’ Kingdom
Lost Lagoon is basking beneath the bright sun on this January day, and the swans have lost no time in making the most of it to venture to all their favourite corners, from one end of the lake to the ...

Swan "Love Birds" -- Tristan and Isolde Shake It Up
It was a cold December evening. Dusk had fallen, and Lost Lagoon’s swans were nearby, either floating serenely, having that last “brush-up” preen of the day on shore, or just beginning to get serious ...
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