What’s Up With That? Swans on the Turner Farm


What’s Up With That? Swans on the Turner Farm

While driving along Franklin Road, BHP noticed what looked to be a couple white swans hanging out underneath the Turner Farm pavilion.

While driving along Franklin Road, BHP noticed what looked to be a couple white swans hanging out underneath the Turner Farm pavilion.

Upon further inspection, BHP confirmed its suspicion: the swans are not real.

According to farm manager George Crosthwait, two decoy swans were placed under the pavilion to ward off the encroaching Canadian geese and the mess the birds leave behind.

“Swans are Canadian geeses’ sworn enemy,” Crosthwait said.

White swan decoys are more economically effective deterrents for Canadian geese, without all the costs, hazards and time required with spraying repellents.

The Turner Farm is home to between 200 and 300 resident geese. The geese used to migrate south during the winter but have failed to do so in recent years, Crosthwait said.

A pair of swans was also placed near the Turner Farm’s back pond.

Crosthwait noted the swans’ presence has been effective in fending off the geese.

Staff writer Jonathan Romeo covers the city of Brentwood. Contact him at jonathan@brentwoodhomepage.com.

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