All Abooooooard!

…The swan train!

woooot wooooooooooooot

First stop; Soggy McBreadsville:


Theresa, exxxxxcellent find! [Rubbing hands together]



  1. Pearl Ostroff says:

    Gee. […] I didn’t know that mama swans carried cygnets on their backs. Wow. That is cute

  2. Ponygirl says:


  3. “Where the hell are the pedals? Man, this is the lamest boat ride EVER…”

  4. “Hey, you crazy driver! Take a swan dive, why don’t ya?

    You wanna turn left? Cygnet left! Don’t keep it a secret!”

  5. whitewingedcat says:

    They really hate mini marshmallows! They get all sticky and expand in the water! PPPTTttt.

  6. But what they hate more than marshmallows are those Swanson frozen dinners. And you’d think they’d really go for them, because it’s got “swan” right there in the name, but no…

  7. leah b. says:

    Hello, this is your driver hear all the sights we going to take today, a to the left we gurgle gurgle and gurgle gurgle snarf and to the right gurgle gurgle gurgle and that does it for our tour today everyone off.

  8. Shannon Johnson says:

    AWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!! they so soft and fluffy

  9. Theresa says:

    You posted eet!! Thanks! God, I nearly died of cute when I saw that peecture on the BBC site. LUFF!

  10. Shannon says:

    Your Public Service Announcement for Today:

    Bread serves no dietary purpose for waterfowl. If you feed regularly or some place where waterbirds are often fed bread – try replacing with cracked corn! (I know the bread is easier to come by. I just learned that working in a park where EVERYONE felt the need to feed the ducks, lol. Lotsa fat ducks….)

    Thank you for listening…:)

  11. Shannon again says:

    but must add the softness of the plush is unreal! They are beautiful.

  12. Uh oh. One of them is mute…

  13. Good tip, Shannon. And if anyone needs some cracked corn, you can take all you want from my friend Jimmy. I don’t care. 😉

  14. Martha in Washington says:

    Is that poor little one all by himself the “ugly” duckling? Poor Bebeh!! Don’t worry…you’ll be just as beautiful as mom someday.

  15. fish eye no miko says:

    NTMTOM said: “And if anyone needs some cracked corn, you can take all you want from my friend Jimmy. I don’t care. ;-)”

    LOL! Nice…

    BTW, the one in the middle looks like he’s sleeping…
    “Honey, wake up, we’re at the food!”

  16. Way down upon the Swanee River…

  17. hey! the swanboats in boston gardens were NOTHING LIKE THAT when i went on them as a kid.

    and Peter: Trumpet of the Swan? yay yay squeeeeee!!!!

  18. turbofloof says:

    C.O.X.C.U. s’il vous plait! Pweeeeze! Must inspect the bebeh the fluff up close. Then, I will dwop ded wif toxic squeeeeeeee…. [flapping arms and bouncing in chair.]

  19. Foozy birdies!

    NTMTOM, hee!

  20. I no can ride on swan cuz I too big 😦

  21. Christine H says:

    they’re all beautiful now!
    teeny fuzzy swanlets! (actually cygnets, apparently, which I should have known)

  22. Alice Shortcake says:

    During a recent visit to Stratford-upon-Avon I was surprised to see signs asking people not to feed the ducks and swans with white bread, which can cause wing deformities due to a lack of certain vitamins/minerals. Wholemeal bread is fine, apparently.

  23. On a related note, two baby ducklings ended up in my parent’s swimming pool with no mommy to be found. Aside from some bread to make sure they don’t starve, it’s been 2 days and no mother duck has come by. Is there any advice on how to help them until they can become independent? I live across the country from them, but apparantly my parents put a towel on the pool raft in a U shape and the ducks climb on and huddle there, otherwise they just bob around.

  24. Ooh! Thems be the cutest swanboats ever! (sorry Boston)

    Speaking of Excellent… can anyone identify this little dude?

  25. Yay Trumpet of the Swan!

    The other day I saw two parent swans leading a tidy line of cygnets neatly down a river. ‘Twas the coolest thing ever. Well except for this pic of course.

  26. Surfrock66 – perhaps your parents could call the local parks department or some sort of wildlife place. There must be someone around with that sort of info.

  27. the swans in the pond near me are never doing cute stuff like this…

  28. acelightning says:

    “Swan swam over the sea;
    Swim, swan, swim!
    Swan swam home again;
    Well swum, swan!”

  29. This mama needs a “baby on board sign! Those babies are really loving their sweet ride, they have heated down filled seats, and a great view! More swans:

  30. Yitzysmommie says:

    AAAWWWWW, prosh! (and sweet)

  31. ThreeCatNight says:

    Now where’s Daffy Duck when you need him, along with that Strauss waltz?

  32. zeldapie says:

    FUZZBALLS!!!! Squeeeeeee!

  33. chanpon says:

    Is it wrong that I want to grab a baby in each hand and rub it all over my face? *embarassed*

  34. Yeee! Little black beaks! I JUST finished reading The Trumpet of the Swan for the first time in yonks. Love love LOVE E.B. White.
    Does anyone know anything about peacocks? There is a sign in our local Agway saying “Free Male Peacock” and I wonder what their requirements are (we have some land). Are they loud?

  35. Theresa says:

    Cracked corn? But I don’t care. 😛

  36. Theresa says:

    PS: SQUEEEEEEE! **thud**

  37. Theresa says:

    Peacocks scream their tiny heads off, and yes, they are loud.

  38. educand says:

    This makes me think of the swan boats we have in the Public Gardens here in Boston.

  39. Too cute.

  40. Mama swan gather up the rest of your bebbehs quick! There’s a tick in the next post! Run for your lives!

  41. But first, *snorgle snorgle snorgle* so soft & floofy! I love the color of the babies too! Too prosh!
    Ok back to your regularly scheduled panic!

  42. HelloKnitty says:

    aaaaah! what cyute cygnet action!!

  43. “Soggy McBreadsville”. LOL! That made my morning!

    Beautiful photo, too.

  44. Peter- the mute one must have left his chalkboard and chalk over on the side of the pond, don’t you think?

  45. OOOhhhhh! Fuzzzy…. Sometimes I wish the little bebeh animals would stay little bebeh’s forever…

    Jordan, peacocks need some room to roam, so you’re covered there, but they make a noise that’s a lot like a woman screaming. It’s quite unnerving if you’re not used to it. The feathers on the back and booty are called the train, and they shed them once a year. It takes about 7 months or so for them to grow back. Our zoo has both white and “regular” peacocks. Ironically enough, baby swans are cuter (to me) than baby peafowl! (The proper collective name of the bird is peafowl. Boys are peacocks and girls are peahens.)

  46. sas: It’s Mr Burns! From the Simpsons…

  47. Kaitoujuliet says:

    “So, when does the next swan leave?”

  48. bongobunny says:

    Um, chanpon, I have to admit that that was my first thought, too. 😛
    Surfrock, there may be a local wildlife rescue group that could help your parents with their ducks (you can look under wildlife or animals in the local yellow pages or on the internet), but if you don’t know of one, this one is in San Diego, and they’d probably be happy to give you some advice:

    Their phone # is: 619-225-9202

    Hope that helps!

    Oh, and to the CO web goddess: PLEASE no more pix of ticks. Eeewww!!!

  49. Thank you, Sarai!
    Maybe I should pass on this free peacock…???…

  50. NotSupposedToBeDoingThisAtWork says:

    oh teh cute… this is cute on a nearly sublime level…

    am i missing something? why do a couple of people think one is mute… ??

  51. not supposed, its a reference to the book/movie Trumpet of the Swan. Swans are supposed to be mute only making a “trumpet” at their death…(trying to remember whole thing but forgetz)

  52. that is so cute how did u get a picture of that it is the cutest thing in the world!!!the baby’s are all so fluffy and the mother, well lets just say i have never seen andything more gracefull or lovely in my entire life. just one more question what is i that they’re eating? is it ice or snow?

  53. NotSupposedToBeDoingThisAtWork says:

    ooohhhhhhhhh, i see now… thanks Metz! 🙂

    and now I’m stunned there’s an e. b. white book i didn’t read when i was a kid… guess i’ll have to check it out!

    keep coming back to these cuties… so anerable! 😀

  54. NTMTOM

    GROAN. Did you watch “Veterinarian’s Hospital” much as a child? 😀

    I chuckled at that for a good 15 minutes.

  55. In the book, Trumpet of the Swan, a little swan was born unable to honk. A little boy had made friends with the duck and got him a little chalkboard and some chalk so he could write to the other ducks, since he couldn’t honk. It’s one of my most favorite books; so great!

  56. Incredible with the swans. Great picture to look!

  57. i thing that is so amazing keep it up go chu chu.

  58. Trumpet of the Swan! Haven’t thought about that book in ages. I remember my teacher reading it to us in 2nd grade. ^_^

  59. i think the name matches the picture perfect…it is the best one i have seen so far!!!