If there is one thing I truly love to do it is garden. If only it weren't for all of those pesky weeds! I could really use some help. Then I found out that black swans love to pull weeds. Sadly they are not indigenous to my part of the world White swans can't be bothered with such tedious and menial tasks. I can still dream, can't I?
Black swans are native to Australia, though many were transplanted around the world as an ornamental bird in the 19th century. That is why most of us have never seen a black swan outside of a zoo. Your trivia for today: the black swan is the state bird of Western Australia and appears on the state flag.
If you have a pond in your garden a swan is a great idea because they eat water plants and algae. This will keep your pond nice and clean. If you don't have a pond then you can't really have a swan. They need the water feature to let them be a proper swan. Who knows why the black swans feel the need to weed. Maybe they just need a hobby. Actually it may be that this tendency has to do with nesting behavior because swan nests are generally built of grasses, reeds, and weeds.
In the video above this swan also seems to be feeding the fish in the pond. In reality what is happening is that domesticated swans must wet their food pellets to manage to eat them. The fish get wise to this and show up to feed on the fallout.
There are some drawbacks to having a black swan or two about the place. For one thing they are very territorial and can get aggressive. The other can be seen in the video below:
Yep. Those swans can have a totally different idea of what plants are appropriate for this hotel garden in Hawaii. That can get expensive when they pull out your bedding plants. Of course a small cage of chicken wire would let the plants get established first. Unless the swans remove that too. HA!
I think I will stick with just having my cat supervise me closely while I weed. She can be very demanding.
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