Remember when the swan was a monster after the geese? Sure, he's an alpha and territorial, regardless of circumstances. But below is the real reason for his extreme aggression. Signets, or baby swans.
Five signets are now at a relatively safe size. The snapping turtles are no longer a real threat to them now. Snapping turtles mate and nest here, so... Then signets are still threatened by numerous predators from above. Hawks. Owls. And then there are the minks and coyotes etc.
Five signets is a success. They have survived storms, which bring surges into the grasses where the female swan nests. They have survived muskrats, raccoons, crows, minks, hawks, grackles (the most obnoxious bird on earth and a constant threat to nests).
Now they have to make sure the babies get food--tons of food, which makes it difficult for the other waterfowl. We have a duck family across the pond and I am nervous they swan Dad may go after them. However, I've never seen the swans go after ducks. That's because the ducks do not compete for the exact same food.
Below are the new signets.
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