PHOTOS: Swans and Cygnets in Cos Cob Harbor

Female swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Thanks again to Greenwich’s prolific photographer Patty Doyle, here are some terrific photos of swans and cygnets in Cos Cob Harbor.

Did you know that baby swans are called cygnets until they are a year old?

The male swan, called the cob, helps the female, known as a pen, to look after their cygnets until they are a year old.

The young don’t spend more than one day in the nest once they hatch. If the pen is still brooding eggs, the cob will take care of the cygnets who have hatched, and lead them directly into the water.

Cygnets are able to swim from birth, but they often ride on the backs of their parents or shelter under their wings until they are old enough venture off on their own.

 Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

 Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

 Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

 Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

 Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

Swan and cygnets swimming in Cos Cob Harbor. Photo: Patty Doyle

See also: Twelve Amazing Photos of Dolphins Spotted Near Greenwich Harbor


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  • Julie B.

    Beautiful!