Thanks, Dennett! I showed this to Deb, who said: “Remember when I told you about that male mallard that was sitting in the tree outside my office a few years ago?” (Um, no.) “Also, they sometimes hang out on the top of [campus building next to hers].” Okay, so even mallards get arboreal at times! Her building is next to the campus pond, so ducks, geese, and the campus swans (who can’t fly) are always close.
The swans are the Millersville University Official Campus Birds. Their names, chosen by student vote, are — I swear I’m not making this up — “Miller” and “Sville.” The swans annually build a nest on the pond’s island and lay eggs, but alas, no cygnets. Actually, since the swans are both female, this is by design.