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For the last few days there have only been 5 cygnets with their parents. I suspect it's not good news - but does anyone anything about the other 3? 

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Probably victim to a fox, cat or disease.

Which cygnets do you mean? I've been following the family on the New River, which has 7 cygnets. They still do have 7 but unfortunately one seems to have been rejected, and is now spending most of its time on its own. I believe Woodberry Wetlands are aware and keeping an eye on it, but do hope the poor little thing survives. :(

The other six are now big and noisy and still hanging out with Mum & dad. 

I mean the ones on the New River near Hornsey station.  There were definitely 8, so it must be a different family.

Coincidentally, I went for a walk past the wetlands this morning and was surprised to see one cygnet on its own. How sad - I wonder what makes swan parents reject one?!

Sounds like different families, yes. It's unusual for them to leave their parents much before the spring of the following year, so I hope they haven't come a cropper. I also wonder if perhaps the extreme hot weather is somehow affecting their usual behaviour? Would need a swan expert to confirm, but it does seem odd that two reports of dwindling swan families came in the same week.

It sounds like you saw the little dude I have been watching :(. It's smaller than the others and perhaps seen as a 'runt'. It did seem to be getting on with business as usual and feeding itself on the few times I saw it alone, and others have apparently seen all 7 of them preening together in the early morning. But I've mainly seen it on its own this past week.

London Programme on BBC Monday night 6/8/18 discussed issue that  due to hot still / Low water.                      That the Green slug gets Hot and gives off botulism , which will poison the cygnets. and Kill them in a Short Period 

Many years ago I used to Work at Finsbury Park. In those day's the Cricket Pitch was a Secure / Dog Free Area

The Swans used to nest in the weeds, in that area.

The New River has many Large Pike that used to eat Birds that landed on the River

Also remember finding many Swans attacked by Large Wild Cats. Dogs seem more afraid of Flapping Wings

Yes, yesterday's Evening Standard had an item about botulism killing swans in this heat-wave.  Let's hope the cooler weather and rain will help.....

There may still only be 5 cygnets but it appears they have a new member!

Ha - good photo!  I saw them there on my way back from work yesterday and it made me laugh...

Whether good planning or good luck - a nice capture.

About ten days ago three of the cygnets seemed to separate from the parents and their five siblings. That's how things stayed. The last couple of days though all have them have been on the stretch by the road bridge - but the three seem to be staying in their discrete grouping.

I'm so pleased to hear that -thanks so much for letting me know they are still alive and kicking!

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