• Swan ID?

    Question

    What kind of swans are in the swamp at the corner of Auburn and Pekin roads in Newbury?

    Naturalist's Response

    The swans at “the Pekin Road swamp,” as we call it, are Mute Swans.

    Mute Swans are not native. I believe they are from Europe.

    These swans probably escaped from someone’s pond and have been at the Pekin Road swamp for at least a year.

    Although Mute Swans are extremely beautiful birds, they pose problems and are unfortunately undesirable to have around because they are very aggressive, even to people. They also eat a tremendous amount of aquatic vegetation and therefore displace native species of waterfowl and damage the ecosystem.

    -Naturalist Denise Wolfe