Baby Swan lost to road kill
Sadly, it is not always good news that nature brings to our door. There has been a breeding pair of Swans on a mill pool near to us for several years now. This year they hatched out four Signets about three weeks ago. The new ones were lovely, I see them most mornings and evenings when I cycle to work at the Shop.
The parents as always are very protective and they kept them over the far side of the pool for most of the time. But I guess the Signets were starting to explore this side of the pool and I did not put two and two together when a lady customer told me there was a young bird injured in the road near the water mill. When I cycled home on Tuesday evening, there was the Signet, obviously a victim of a car .
Now, I have avoided saying exactly where the Swans are, I know they are not rare, but these days you just can't be sure everyone who reads our blog has the best intentions! so I will not say the name of the place. But it is a very (very) quiet rural road, almost single track with just a few passing places. The particular spot in question was right next to the old water mill, on a bend admittedly, but what sort of speed would a car need to be doing to catch a birds so unawares that they don't get out of the way in time. In my 35 year driving experience I have never knowingly hit a bird or animal on a road such as this, because if you drive to the road conditions and are aware of other risks then your speed will be slow enough to stop if required.
So, I don't know if the car driver was a local person, but I hope anyone reading my blog today will be considerate for the wildlife in our countryside when driving. please only drive to the road conditions, if that means it will take a minute longer - well that's not so bad is it.
Imagine the hurt that the parents of the Signet feel, as I am sure they have seen the result of the accident.
Please, Please, Please drive carefully in the countryside.
Sorry for the rant! - I feel better now.
[caption id="attachment_3357" align="alignleft" width="150"]
Please drive carefully in the countryside. Our Swans and wildlife often cross the quiet roads without looking both ways![/caption]