Every year at this time the swans return to their little pond off of a side-road in Trenton. The pond isn't very big, nor is it particularly clean and I often wonder why this beautiful couple choose to return here every year. It would seem to me that there would be hundreds of better places within a few minutes of here, yet for them, this is their spring and summer home.
This will be the third or fourth year that I have noticed them (I'll admit, I'm not the most observant fellow, so it's possible that they have been coming here for longer). Every year I notice that the female will sit on her nest for a long time, but I have yet to see any signets. Perhaps the poor couple are unable to produce viable offspring. The male seems very attentive and is never very far away. He's usually swimming around the pond (perhaps she's got him doing some chores while she's egg-sitting).
Did you know that a female swan is called a "pen", while a male swan is called a "cob"?
For some reason it just seems to me that they are a very happy couple, they are proud of their little pond and they are just delighted to be close to one-another. I'm hoping that this year there may be an addition to their little family. I bet that they would make great parents.