No Cygnets Left at Town Pond

All three of the baby swans born this spring in East Hampton Village have died.

All the cygnets of 2012 have perished. 

Steven Tekulsky, the unofficial commissioner of swans in East Hampton Village, reported the sad news Wednesday morning. "This is the first year that I can ever remember no cygnets surviving to the point where they fly away on their own," he said.

Just one week ago, and . They first appeared at Town Pond in mid-May.

"Since there were only three cygnets that made it to Town Pond (having been born somewhere in Hook Pond), it is not surprising that they did not make it as mortality rates for cygnets are fairly high - due to predators and disease," Tekulsky said.

He referred to at one of the rites of spring in East Hampton, waiting for the appearance of the cygnets in Town Pond, typically around Mother's Day. "Unfortunately, nature hasn't been very kind to the swans of Town Pond this year and we will just have to wait until next year for the cycle to begin again."

One last picture of the mother, and is attached.

Pat June 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM
I agree with William. The snapping turtles need to go to another pond, somewhere far away.
Blue Heron June 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Maureen Linehan June 21, 2012 at 12:47 PM
are these the same two cygnets that I saw last week at the duck pond on Davids lane?
Sandman June 21, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Does anyone know if the plastic bulk head installed several years ago could be leaching chemical residue into the pond ?
Geir Magnusson June 21, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I saw gray feathers skattered around in one spot close to the pond yesterday, the only way for that to happen is when an animal is tearing into the flesh. So I would assume it's a fox


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