Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Species
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor). Taken at Otmoor, Oxon on September 16th 2007.
Taken at Otmoor, Oxon on September 16th 2007.
(Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor). Near-adult. Taken at Otmoor, Oxon on May 9th 2011.
Near-adult. Taken at Otmoor, Oxon on May 9th 2011.
(1/800th sec at f13. Click image for larger version . © David Hastings)
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor). Juvenile. Taken at Rushy Common, Oxon, on August 15th 2015.
Juvenile. Taken at Rushy Common, Oxon, on August 15th 2015.
(1/800th sec at f11. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Cygnet. Taken at Tophill Low, E. Yorks on June 7th 2008.
(1/250th sec at f10. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 140 - 160cm; WS: 200 - 240cm

The Mute Swan has a long S-shaped neck, and an orange bill with a black base. It flies with regular slow wingbeats.

It is found widely in the British Isles and western Europe.

It breeds on freshwater lakes, generally with reed beds.

Mute Swans are not shy of humans, and can act aggressively.

It is on the UK's amber list, as the population is still recovering from loss of habitat, and poisoning by lead fishing weights.

Sightings

16-Oct-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
10-Oct-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (5)
07-Oct-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (7)
30-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (8)
24-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (7)
13-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
09-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
06-Sep-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
04-Sep-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
02-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
30-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5)
28-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5)
25-Aug-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (71)
16-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (7)
10-Jul-2018 : Greenham Common, Berks (1)
26-Jun-2018 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (18)
09-Jun-2018 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (2)
06-Jun-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
02-Jun-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (52)
02-Jun-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (8)
24-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (9)
18-May-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
15-May-2018 : Cholsey Marsh, Oxon (2)
13-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
09-May-2018 : Whelford Pools, Glos (2)
01-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (8)
28-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
25-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
22-Apr-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (3)
19-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
15-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
05-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
03-Apr-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
01-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
25-Mar-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
21-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
06-Mar-2018 : Baulking, Oxon (2)
04-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
24-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (8)
23-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
15-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (8)
12-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
05-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
04-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (5)
30-Jan-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
25-Jan-2018 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (4)
18-Jan-2018 : Slimbridge, Glos
17-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
15-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (4)
07-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
03-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)

18-Dec-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
16-Dec-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (60+)
04-Dec-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
23-Nov-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
19-Nov-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
16-Nov-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
05-Nov-2017 : Rushy Common, Oxon (6)
05-Nov-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
01-Nov-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (31)
30-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (5)
19-Oct-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
09-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (2)
20-Sep-2017 : Radipole Lake, Dorset (18)
14-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
13-Sep-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
12-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
10-Sep-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
31-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
27-Aug-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (46)
26-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (6)
20-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (8)
10-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
01-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
29-Jul-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (35)
17-Jun-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (18)
03-Jun-2017 : Abingdon, Oxon (4ad,5juv)
30-May-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
21-May-2017 : Abingdon, Oxon (2+6juv)
29-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
18-Apr-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (3)
13-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
25-Mar-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
19-Mar-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
12-Mar-2017 : Rushy Common, Oxon (2)
19-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (8)
16-Feb-2017 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (2)
04-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
28-Jan-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
21-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (18+)
02-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (25+)

28-Dec-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (32)
26-Dec-2016 : Rushy Common, Oxon (7+)
24-Dec-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (6)
11-Dec-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
03-Dec-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (4)
13-Nov-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
23-Oct-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (9)
09-Oct-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (70+)
02-Oct-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
11-Sep-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
31-Jul-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (28)
04-Jul-2016 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (12)
02-Jun-2016 : Lymington-Keyhaven NR, Hants (6)
01-Jun-2016 : Lymington-Keyhaven NR, Hants (24)
14-May-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
06-May-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5)
30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (14+)
17-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (6)
05-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
30-Mar-2016 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (2)
27-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
25-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
25-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
13-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
06-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
07-Feb-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
23-Jan-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
16-Jan-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (7)
09-Jan-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (6)
08-Jan-2016 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
07-Jan-2016 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)

20-Dec-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
07-Nov-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (3)
01-Nov-2015 : Baulking, Oxon (5)
24-Oct-2015 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (4)
09-Oct-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (4)
04-Oct-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
27-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
13-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
12-Sep-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
30-Aug-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
15-Aug-2015 : Rushy Common, Oxon (8)
02-Aug-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
21-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
10-May-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
09-May-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
27-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (6+)
12-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
10-Apr-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (7)
09-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (6)
06-Apr-2015 : Stratfield Brake, Oxon (2)
22-Mar-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
04-Mar-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
22-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
21-Feb-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (4)
18-Feb-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
02-Feb-2015 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
01-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
17-Jan-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
11-Jan-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
10-Jan-2015 : Lower Radley, Oxon (10+)
02-Jan-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)

13-Dec-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (6)
06-Dec-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (4)
01-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (5)
19-Oct-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
17-Oct-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (1)
28-Sep-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
21-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5)
14-Sep-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
13-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
10-Sep-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
31-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
29-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
28-Aug-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
17-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (6)
13-Aug-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
03-Aug-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
01-Aug-2014 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire
31-Jul-2014 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire
19-Jul-2014 : Marston Meadows, Oxon (3)
02-Jul-2014 : North Cave Wetlands, E. Yorkshire
30-Jun-2014 : Tophill Low, E. Yorks
16-Jun-2014 : Whelford Pools, Glos (8)
25-May-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (5)
24-May-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
22-May-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (1)
15-May-2014 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (11)
11-May-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
08-May-2014 : Newport, Pembrokeshire (1)
07-May-2014 : Teifi Marshes, Pembrokeshire (2)
27-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
26-Apr-2014 : Whelford Pools, Glos (4)
17-Apr-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (6)
12-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
03-Apr-2014 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (6)
30-Mar-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (3)
23-Mar-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
20-Mar-2014 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (2)
15-Mar-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
09-Mar-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
05-Mar-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
01-Mar-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (4)
26-Feb-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (2)
20-Feb-2014 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (2)
16-Feb-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
22-Jan-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (4)
19-Jan-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (c20)
16-Jan-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (1)
02-Jan-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)