Swans Through the Seasons

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


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 ...

Mama and Papa Swan’s Favourite Pastime -- Life on the Edge!
On a quiet Fall afternoon, Mama and Papa Swan have their own private sail-past in their domain at the western end of Lost Lagoon. All is peaceful for the moment, but they are clearly hoping to find a ...

Seven Swans-a-Swimming -- Lost Lagoon's Young Swans
The seven youngsters form a calm and orderly flotilla. No mad dash for calmer waters here. There must be something wrong! Something missing? Why, it’s Genghis Swan! Yes, he’s too busy somewhere else ...

Precious, the Royal Swan -- a.k.a. King of Lost Lagoon
Precious the Swan has more than a few adventures to his credit through the years, having well and truly earned his place as King of Lost Lagoon, among his other titles. With his mate Marlika, he ...

Scrambled Swans! -- Another Chapter in our Swan Soap Opera
Guaranteed sighting at Lost Lagoon, 7 days a week: Genghis Swan in full chase mode, working off all his excess energy speeding after any one of the other youngsters. Doesn’t matter which swan, as ...

Not-Too-Close Encounters -- Papa Swan Carries On...
Papa Swan never gives up! He’s busier than he’s ever been with the new families of young raccoons to chase and, hopefully, intimidate. Swans’ eyesight is very keen, and when he spots a raccoon from ...

Swans in Reverse -- Presenting a New Perspective
After a few days’ absence, it was with happy anticipation that I came ‘round the bend in the path by the pond at Lost Lagoon, envisioning the sight of Precious and his pretty mate Marlika gliding ...

A Young Swan's Growing! -- Bijan's Endless Neck
Bijan (Lost Lagoon’s 2006 cygnet, now 14 months old) continues to grow in size and we wonder if he just might make the Guinness Book of Records for swan-with-the-longest-neck! He’s still the same ...

Swans and Mallards -- Boy's Foster Family!
Followers of our swans’ adventures may recall that Boy, our proud old swan of 16, lost his mate to the much more powerful Precious, in early 2006. (Yes, it's a Soap Opera at Lost Lagoon). Since that ...

Swans' Empty Nest Syndrome -- Precious Carries On......
For all their efforts as ace nest-builders and egg-sitters, Marlika and Precious did not become proud parents of a cygnet this year. Nature’s ways can be mysterious, but we still have to give both ...

Swans' Molting Season -- Tristan’s Not Amused!
Oh it’s hard being an adolescent! This is two-year-old Tristan’s first serious molt and he’s one cranky little swan. The normally sleek youngster works harder every day to preen himself back into ...

Swans & Co. as Weather Forecasters -- Waterfowl Predict a Change
The weather forecast was for rain during the night and the next day, but we already knew before hearing it. To the nature observer who notices the dandelion flowers close up along the way, the ...

Tristan Showing Off For Isolde -- Male Swan Showmanship
Tristan is a born showman, and never loses an opportunity to show off for his mate Isolde. Today was no exception! Isolde appears on the extreme left of the picture (upper third)

Nesting Swans -- A Brave Mama Swan
Swans “personalities” differ from one to the other, as night from day. Take our two nesting pairs - Precious and Marlika, and Mama and Papa Swan…. Precious and Marlika This morning saw Precious ...

It's Bijan's Birthday! -- 2006 Cygnet's Year of Adventure
It’s been exactly one year today since a tiny gray cygnet emerged from his egg in 2006, gently urged on by mom and dad, Marlika and Precious. He’s grown into a fine young swan with the same ...

Swan Courting Time -- The Half-Hearted Couple
Young Tristan and Isolde are still the “honeymoon couple” of Lost Lagoon, courting each day. Visitors look for them, nearly always together, hoping to see them making a heart as they often do. “How ...

Swan Nesting Time -- Precious Carries On
Yes, it was another busy day for Precious, with his mate serenely settled on her nest of six eggs (yes, six! We counted them the other morning when she left them for a couple of minutes’ break). ...

Swans Hang Around Heron Home -- Grandpa Heron Not Amused
Mama and Papa Swan, although in their midyears, are still adventure-seekers and happiest of all when they end up in a standoff with another bird! Swans are pretty big compared to most other species, ...

Springtime at Lost Lagoon -- Celebrating a Tree's Beauty
We always know that spring is official when Lost Lagoon’s magnificent white cherry tree is in full bloom. How grateful we are that this monument to beauty was spared by the ferocious storm that took ...

Spring Wings! -- A young swan ready for adventure
If you compare this picture to the October 9, 2006 posting “Morning Roll Call” you’ll see why we no longer refer to the LITTLE swans from Ambleside Park! At ten months old, they are already bigger ...

Swan Nest-Building 2007 – Part 2 -- Precious Stands (Sits) Guard
The nest is still in its early stages, and little Marlika had decided to take time out and enjoy some quiet moments on the far side of the wetlands - but no matter, Precious figured it’s time to ...

Swan Nest-Building 2007 – Part 1 -- The Construction Site is Chosen
One couple of our two breeding pairs of swans has a nest under way! The high waters from those 23 days of rain in March have subsided, and at last, Lost Lagoon’s Precious and Marlika have started to ...

Love is in the Air! -- Belated Swan Valentine from Tristan and Isolde
It might be late for Valentine’s Day, and a bit early for their first anniversary (April 28), but Tristan and Isolde are carrying on in honeymoon style! Almost daily, visitors to Lost Lagoon are ...

Cygnet to Proud Young Swan -- Bijan's Growing Up
Bijan still spends time with Mom and Dad (Marlika and Precious) but can more often be seen surveying his world on his own, from all parts of the lagoon. It won't be long until his parents begin to ...

Happy Valentine's Day from Lost Lagoon -- Swans' Wild Kingdom
“Ah, I thought, “the hint of Spring in the air …… romance …… mates pairing up …..swan couples making “hearts" – a lovely day at the Lagoon.” Well, not exactly... Visitors to the lagoon these days ...

Sunny Day at the Lagoon - PART 1 -- A Little Swan’s Missed Adventure
January 24th, our first dry day for ages, and all creatures great and small were out to enjoy the sunshine. One of the young Ambleside swans had climbed up a slope from the water where he could graze ...

Sunny Day at the Lagoon - PART 2 -- A Little Swan’s Missed Adventure
Little did the two curious raccoons know they had attracted the attention of Tristan who cruised over to check things out. He sped toward the two whiskered bandits with wings up, and an almighty ...

Swan-Dive! -- Food Wins Out Over Dignity
(Mid-January) Winter clouds thickened above and darkness fell before I made my last stop around the lagoon to make sure all the swans were fine. Mama and Papa Swan in all their snowy whiteness stood ...

A Growing Swan -- Update on Bijan (Cygnet of 2006)
Our Bijan (Precious and Marlika’s cygnet) is maturing more every day, as his brown feathers whiten and he asserts his independence around the lagoon. He still spends time with Mom and Dad, but soon ...

New Year's at Lost Lagoon -- Swans in Fine Feather
Given the ferocity of the windstorm of December 15th, we spent many very anxious moments wondering about possible destruction, and how our swans and all the wildlife were faring. Animals and birds ...

Swan D�tente -- Keeping It Friendly (Nov 29)
Venerable old Boy at almost 16, is in Seventh Heaven, chasing the youngsters who hang out with him, and never seem to take him too seriously. The �kids� will occasionally have a go at one another ...

Bijan Marooned! (Nov 29) -- The Swan Who Came In From the Cold
Bijan is living up to his name! (Bijan means “hero” in Persian) Here was his first snow, and he took everything in his stride, enjoying exploration of the lagoon with Mom and Dad. His fine coat of ...

Mama and papa Swan's Magic Kingdom -- A snowy realm (Nov 27)
While the 11 other swans (once Bijan had joined them) spend their time in the ice-free part of the lagoon on the beach side, Mama and Papa Swan keep a snowy vigil over their own special Magic Kingdom ...

The Stone Bridge at Lost Lagoon -- Winter Magic in Autumn (Nov 27)
It’s hard to remember that all of this beauty is only a stone’s throw from the city, and the lucky few that had an opportunity to walk the paths found themselves in another world, where the quiet of ...

Swan Dad to the Rescue -- Little Brown Bully Meets His Match
Every creature – human and wildlife – basked in the oh-so-welcome rays of sunlight that brightened the scene and sparkled on the water of Lost Lagoon this afternoon. All of the swans were peacefully ...

Swan-and-Heron-Club - Part II -- Heron Heights
Boy moved regally across the water in a bee-line toward my morning call to come and get his arthritis medicine, and was taken aback on his arrival, to find our ubiquitous heron at the water’s edge, ...

As the (Lagoon) World Turns -- Junior Makes His Move
Lost Lagoon’s “Junior” in a friendly moment with the little Ambleside cygnet, initially adopted by Precious and his family the day of their arrival. We’re guessing it’s the female of the group of ...

Like Father, Like Son -- Junior, “I-am-the-Greatest” Cygnet
If you’re down at the Lagoon and wonder which of the five cygnets is Junior (son of Precious and Marlika), he’ll clarify matters for you in no time at all! Yes, he’s practicing his dad’s signature ...

Ambleside Cygnets' Morning Roll Call -- Cool Facts About Growing Swans
The 4 Ambleside Kids usually start their day all together – three side-by-side, and one never far away. An occasional raised wing now shows white underneath. Their feathers will continue to whiten ...

Ambleside Cygnets at Lost Lagoon -- All in the Family
The 4 cygnets have settled in well, and their days are filled with the new adventures that come with lots of new space to explore, and discoveries to make. They enjoy gliding across the water on a ...

Another new buddy for Junior the Cygnet? -- Lost Lagoon’s Swan-and-Heron Club
In the Friday morning sunlight, a winged form dipped from the sky, the image morphing into a young Great Blue Heron – one with an appetite, judging from his determined gait as he waded though the ...

5:00pm update (day of their arrival) -- The 4 new cygnets are doing well
I went back to the lagoon around 5 pm. Our four new little swans were all together enjoying a swim with the youngsters Tristan and Isolde, while Precious, Marlika and Junior were also nearby. On my ...

Update at 1:00pm, following their arrival -- 4 New Cygnets Settling In
The three cygnets are still with "the youngsters" Tristan and Isolde. Our 4th new cygnet is over with Precious, Marlika and their son Junior. While I was watching Precious, something interesting ...

Four new cygnets at Lost Lagoon -- (brought from Ambleside, West Vancouver)
Arrival: 6:30 am, and in the quiet half-light, the headlights of a Parks van appeared on the road and turned around to arrive right by the shore. "Are they here? Are they here?!" said I, ...

Domestic Squabble For Swans? -- Isolde Lays Down the Law
Our Isolde has become such a pretty swan – with spirit! She clearly enjoys greeting her friends and sharing a bit of conversation now and then, keeping up her part nicely with a variety of quiet ...

Junior's Inaugural Voyage -- Kids! You never know where they are!
There they were – Precious and Marlika, floating in the holding pond, exchanging quiet little bleats of conversation. What’s wrong with this picture? OH NO! WHERE’S “JUNIOR???” He’s never been out of ...

A Cygnet’s Growing Pains -- Not Exactly Swan Lake!
Remember this cute little cygnet? He was only 3 weeks old when this was taken, and you’d hear all the visitors to the Lagoon using words like adorable, baby, cute, cuddly, and on through the alphabet ...

Cygnet's Progress -- Growing by Leaps and Bounds
Remember that cute little cygnet of recent fame? He’s still awfully cute, but BIG. He’s growing so fast that you might even see him sprout a centimeter or two if you sat nearby for a couple of hours! ...

A Swan's New Clothes -- Isolde Gets a Tail
When she first arrived at Lost Lagoon in April, little Isolde’s wardrobe left a lot to be desired. Her feathers were “at sixes and sevens,“ she had trouble settling her wings, and her tail was ...

A Swan Summer Morning at the Lagoon -- Mute Swans can talk!
Boy wasn't immediately visible this morning, so I went along past Nature House where he often waits. Saw a swan near the wetlands area and was surprised that he would have gone that close to ...

Swans and Company (Jun 30 -Jul 3) -- Precious Lowers the Boom!
Lately, Papa Swan (the cob of the second ‘power pair’ on the lagoon) has been flagrantly flaunting his pride within sight of Precious and his little family. Day by day, we’ve watched and wondered how ...

Cygnet's World Widens -- New Adventures with Mom and Dad
Precious and Marlika introduced “Junior” to the main lagoon for the first time yesterday, not counting the 15-minute preview they gave us earlier this month. It was fun to watch his delight in ...

Walking Tall (June 23, 2006) -- Cygnet Growing by the Hour
Precious and Marlika’s little cygnet is growing by the hour, and making Mom and Dad almost run to keep up with all his adventures. His first forays with parents saw him shadowing Mom so closely that ...

Green Swans? *Pictures* -- Cygnet Nutrition and Swan Speech!
Each morning, on rounding the bend in the lagoon road, I wonder if our little family of 3 swans will be sitting there, displaying shades of bright green feathers that will blend perfectly with the ...

Swan Olympics? -- Is it a bird? A plane? No - it's Super-Swan!
Boy, our intrepid 15-year old, is becoming friskier by the day! This morning he decided to show off some of his renewed energy for a second time,to our delight. Following his usual morning visit by ...

Family Picnic - June 10,2006 -- Swans and Cygnet Happily Grazing
It was a fine evening, just the sort for a leisurely walk to see what’s new with the little wetlands family. On rounding the bend there they were, Mom happily grazing the emerald grass, with baby’s ...

A Quiet Morning's Adventure - June 8 -- Cast of swans, heron and red-winged blackbird!
We didn't need the weather forecast to tell it was going to be a rainy day. Even though still dry almost every bird - swan, goose or duck - was fast asleep. Boy and Brother were snoozing on the water ...

Precious, on June 7 -- Did you know swans can purr?
Precious was so funny this morning - he dashed up from the water (talk about a strong swan - he ran up a fairly steep climb through brush without even using his wings for 'lift!' ) He wanted an ...

Early Pictures of "Junior" our new cygnet - June 1 -- Baby's first ' public appearance'
I'm as surprised as anyone that these pictures turned out; the light conditions were the worst possible, and I kept begging them, "Puleeeeese sweeties, over here.... Just a weeeee bit more" (to get ...

Early summer night's dream at the Lagoon -- Another facet of Lost Lagoon
Saturday evening 11:00pm: Just got back from a night prowl around the lagoon. As it got dark, a luminous silver moon hung in the sky over black silhouetted trees and you could imagine it was a long ...

May 31: Happy Birthday Tristan! -- The Observer
Today is Tristan's first birthday as he was born on May 31, 2005. Happy Birthday! This morning, Tristan and Isolde were sitting down on the hill, so close together they were touching - with two geese ...

Monday morning May 29 -- A Canada Goose Shower
Everything fine today... went down quite early. The guys on those mobilized lawn-mowers were cutting up a storm on the grassy areas, and fairly soon, little swan tails could be seen heading for the ...

All the little feathered faces accounted for - May 28 -- A soft spring rainy day
Was VERY happy to see Tristan, Isolde and Brother enjoying themselves together in the water this morning. It was cool and spitting light rain; Marlika had the cygnet under her wing, on the nest. ...

News of the day at the Lagoon (Sat May 27) -- with Boy in the setting sun
Happy to discover Tristan, Isolde, Brother and Boy tucked up, snoozing close together on the daisy hill. They seem to have some sort of understanding, and get along much better when just left alone. ...

Pictures of Precious -- The Observer
PRECIOUS' SIESTATuesday, May 23 - He was all worn out from a busy day and eventually lay down beside the bench I was sitting on, grazed on the grass, then tucked his head in and just went to sleep, ...

May 23 news-in-a-capsule -- A Typical Spring Day
Marlika still on nest with cygnet popping out from under her wing and getting more active today - it looks like a strong, healthy little one, and has grown a wee bit since yesterday. Marlika still ...

Spinning Swans and Mutant Ninja Carp! -- .
These last two days, Precious is not staying as close to the nest area but swims around the nearby shore of the lagoon; this he evening discovered some sort of plant material that floated to the ...

Getting Along -- Boy's New-found Energy
When I first went down early this morning, Boy was up on the shore which surprised me a bit because he's usually in the water these days. A few seconds later, the explanation became clear.... good ...

Getting to Know You -- Tristan and Isolde's Blossoming Friendship
Friendship They had just "made a heart" which I missed capturing, but continued to bow heads to each other for another couple of minutes. The Happy Couple They were really "off to the ...

Two Swans on a Nest -- Picture
Two-On-A-Nest May 6: It's a bit far away, but you can make out the two mates, side by side on the nest. I had watched as Precious rushed back and forth gathering more material to re-inforce the nest; ...

Pictures and Journal - Tristan and Isolde -- The Observer
May 9: What a difference a week makes - Tristan gave Isolde a bite on her neck this morning when she came too close to "his" pile of food. It didn't bother her in the least... she just glided 'round ...

Pictures of Papa and Mama Nesting -- The Observer
Saturday afternoon, May 6 - Mama turned her eggs while Papa stood guard. She takes an occasional break in the lagoon, but Papa will not sit directly on the eggs in her absence - she carefully covers ...

Morning of Feb 11 at the Lagoon -- Precious, Conquering Hero
I went to the Lagoon this morning to check out all our swans - what a treat to spend time where it's so beautiful. It was encouraging at least for one morning, to see everyone who had a dog, brought ...

Swan Soap Opera -- Update on who is with whom at the Lagoon
On Sunday December 4, I headed down to the Lagoon just before noon: Not a swan in sight. Did a complete tour of the lagoon, and sure enough, they were all tucked in various little spots along the ...

Tweety's new colors -- The Observer
Tweety is slowly becoming a white swan, as seen in these pictures of Nov 20

Precious and Lady "necking, big-time"! -- The Observer
I know - I'm getting carried away here, but I couldn't help but laugh on getting pictures back today and seeing documented evidence of the Guilty One (Precious) "shmooooozing" Lady 'till ...

Between a Rock and a Hard Place -- Saga of Swan and Raccoons
It was a quiet Fall afternoon when I spotted a young raccoon below the ledge, getting a drink of water. He obviously didn't want to get his paws wet - perched daintily on a flat rock, all 4 feet ...
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