Mute Swans finally leave Marsalforn Valley on Valentines Day
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They came on New Year’s Day and took off on Valentine’s Day, the Mute Swans which attracted so many people to Marsalforn Valley in Gozo during the past month and a half have now left and it looks like this time they have left Gozo for good.
The twelve swans – four adults and eight juveniles – flew off in the direction of Zebbug early this morning, and while in the past days they were observed leaving the reservoir and returning to the area a few hours later, this time they have not returned.
It was only last week that following veterinary guidance, the supplementary feeding programme for the birds was discontinued as planned to encourage them to go back home as Malta lacks the habitat to support swans in the wild.
The feeding protocol was implemented to make sure that the swans would be able to survive winter and get ready to fly back to mainland Europe as soon as they stored up enough fat to be able to make the long journey home.
BirdLife Malta said that it would like to thank the Federazzjoni Kaccaturi Nassaba Konservazzjonisti – FKNK, KSU – Kaccaturi San Ubertu and the Wild Birds Regulation Unit (WBRU) for the positive cooperation in establishing and delivering the feeding programme. BirdLife added that a word of thanks must also go to the Gozo Police who were responsible for their safety, but above all to the general public for the collaboration and maturity shown throughout. “This is the way we should treat nature. Birds are beautiful alive!” BirdLife concluded.
Photograph by BirdLife Malta.