Swan crash-lands on Poole balcony

A new plant pot? No, it's a stranded swan!

STUCK UP HIGH: Swan on a balcony in Poole

A new plant pot? No, it's a stranded swan!

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Swanning about in Poole got one of the majestic birds into deep trouble when it crash-landed on a balcony.

The adult swan was uninjured but spent hours trapped on the third-storey balcony, awaiting rescue and release.

Jackie Weaver, who lives in a nearby block of flats in Avenal Way, Poole Quarter, couldn’t believe her eyes when she glanced up on her way home.

“I don’t know what made me look up,” she said, as she returned home at lunchtime. “I saw what I thought was a new planter. Then it moved.”

 

She immediately rang the RSPCA who came to the rescue but had to wait until the occupants of the flat arrived home from work in the evening to gain access.

It could have been there the best part of the day before gaining its freedom, unable to fly away as swans can’t take off from a standing start, needing a long runway to get airborne.

Bournemouth Echo: A new plant pot? No, it's a stranded swan!

“It must have just dropped out of the sky,” said Jackie. The apartment block at Baiter is between Poole Park, whose lakes are popular with swans, and Poole Harbour.

RSPCA Inspector Graham Hammond said he could only imagine the fully grown adult swan had crash landed on the balcony after flying too low. “I think it just flew into the wrong area,” he said.

“Thankfully it was absolutely fine,” he said. “We checked it over and took it to the sea at Baiter and released it there.

“It was able to fly, it was absolutely fine.”

He added: “I did ask it what it was doing there and it wouldn’t tell me.

“It was a mute swan and they can’t speak.”

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11:09am Tue 29 Jan 13

speedy231278 says...

Gosh, I've never heard that joke about a Mute swan before... *rolls eyes*
Gosh, I've never heard that joke about a Mute swan before... *rolls eyes* speedy231278
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11:30am Tue 29 Jan 13

KLH says...

They had to wait until the owners arrived home? Can someone explain why, as if I remember when a pigeon got caught in netting in Post Office Road, there wasn't the fire brigade, police and an RSPCA woman there to free the unfortunate bird. Why did they have to wait for the occupants to arrive home, surely the swan was a priority, cherry picker a five minute job!
They had to wait until the owners arrived home? Can someone explain why, as if I remember when a pigeon got caught in netting in Post Office Road, there wasn't the fire brigade, police and an RSPCA woman there to free the unfortunate bird. Why did they have to wait for the occupants to arrive home, surely the swan was a priority, cherry picker a five minute job! KLH
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11:31am Tue 29 Jan 13

The Renegade Master says...

Someone had obviously left their landing light on!
Someone had obviously left their landing light on! The Renegade Master
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11:34am Tue 29 Jan 13

KLH says...

.....and that should have read 'wasn't there the fire brigade' ect....
.....and that should have read 'wasn't there the fire brigade' ect.... KLH
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12:05pm Tue 29 Jan 13

TD61 says...

Lets hope the proposed wind farm doesn't get the go ahead or birds like him will pretty regularly find themselves flying into the rotor blades - and there will be little the RSPCA can do for them once their head and body have parted ways .....
Lets hope the proposed wind farm doesn't get the go ahead or birds like him will pretty regularly find themselves flying into the rotor blades - and there will be little the RSPCA can do for them once their head and body have parted ways ..... TD61
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12:37pm Tue 29 Jan 13

noggath says...

If he like landed on Sunseeker factory
we get barbecued swan for lunch,
change from cheese sarnies
If he like landed on Sunseeker factory we get barbecued swan for lunch, change from cheese sarnies noggath
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12:49pm Tue 29 Jan 13

l'anglais says...

Our neighbour has a goose keeping guard (Cheaper than a Rottweiler apparently)
Why not a Swan, he'll have to ask the Queen first though.
Our neighbour has a goose keeping guard (Cheaper than a Rottweiler apparently) Why not a Swan, he'll have to ask the Queen first though. l'anglais
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9:37pm Tue 29 Jan 13

rudolph_hucker says...

I got mugged by a swan in 2001 in chrstchurch it stole my baguette whilst I was trying to eat it myself.
They think they are so clever being protected by the queen!
They are just big white ducks I don't see what the fuss is all about.
I like ducks, but not swans.
I got mugged by a swan in 2001 in chrstchurch it stole my baguette whilst I was trying to eat it myself. They think they are so clever being protected by the queen! They are just big white ducks I don't see what the fuss is all about. I like ducks, but not swans. rudolph_hucker
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