Latest Swan News at the Lagoon
Date: 1 February 2013
Many thanks for your question.
At one time, there were several Australian black swans (Cygnus atratus) on Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park, but they eventually disappeared. An article in the Ottawa Citizen – March 29, 1986 refers to “…Lost Lagoon with its magnificent black swans…” It was undoubtedly one of these swans that Lorna Crozier referred to in her poem.
Although the natural habitat would support the species, they couldn’t survive an unusually cold winter, and would also have been vulnerable to predators such as coyotes.
With their striking appearance (black ruffled feathers, bright red bill and eyes) they stood out in sharp contrast to the fleet of white Mute Swans (Cygnus olor). They’re more aggressive than other species of swan and may not have co-existed well with the original Mute Swan population (in the park since 1889), but during the time they were at Lost Lagoon, they drew the interest of so many people that we are still asked about them, many years later.
I hope this helps to answer your question, and we appreciate your interest in the swan history of Stanley Park
Messages In This Thread
- Do we have a black swans in Stanley Park, as suggested by Lorna Crozier in her poem? -- Nick -- 1 February 2013
- Re: Do we have a black swans in Stanley Park, as suggested by Lorna Crozier in her poem? -- Fiona Sinclair, Swan Volunteer at Lost Lagoon -- 1 February 2013