Release of the Swans – Stratford Ontario – April 5, 2009 Parade includes 24 White Swans, 2 Black Swans, Chinese Geese, An Emperor Goose and a Bar Headed Goose
ABOUT OUR SWANS: There are two species of swans along the Avon. The white swans are called MUTE SWANS , however they are far from silent. The black swans are called BLACK SWANS , and are native to Australia. The MUTE SWANS may further be divided by colour variation. The black-legged swans are ROYALS and come from Great Britain. The beige-legged swans are called POLISH swans and they are from Eurasia. The female swan is called a PEN . The male swan is called a COB . The baby swans are CYGNETS . A cob will be slightly larger than a pen, and his bill will be a brighter orange and the knob at the base of the bill will be larger. A group of swans is called a HERD . Swans can live to an age of 40 and can weigh up to 30 pounds. Mr. Robert J. Miller was Stratford’s Honorary Keeper of the Swans and was the ONLY person in North America to hold this title. For over forty years, he volunteered his time to work with Stratford’s Board of Park Management to help care for the swans. A wonderful book written by Robert Miller called “The Swans of Stratford” is available in stores around Stratford. Mr. Miller passed away in February 2007.