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Trouble-Maker-Swan Enjoys Knocking On Doors With His Beak

A swan has been plaguing a residential street by banging on doors and rattling letterboxes for up to three hours at a time.

‘ASBO swan’ Cedric rattles letterboxes on a row of houses opposite the lake where he lives in Northampton.

Victim Stephen Legg, 70, said: “It doesn’t do any ᴅᴀᴍᴀɢe but it’s extremely irritating.

“Sometimes it does it for three hours at a time, other times only once or twice. It is a ʙʟᴏᴏᴅy nuisance.”

Cedric has targeted a row of homes opposite the lake where he lives in Northampton for years. No one knows why he does it — it could be territorial behaviour or perhaps he is looking for food.

Retired nurse Wendy Howard, 63, who lives nearby, said: “It is pretty funny to see when walking past.

“But I’m glad it isn’t my house because it is very noisy.”

The antisocial bird appears to be trying to get the attention of the occupants of the houses in expectation of a treat. It has been targeting the houses for the last five years but no one knows the real reason it pokes its beak inside.

Mr Legg said: ‘At the side of our houses there’s a small lake which was dug out 20 years ago for drainage.

‘The swan has been there for seven or eight years with its ᴍᴀᴛᴇ. Around this time of year five years ago the male swan started messing around my front door. It rattles the letterbox with its beak and stands in front of the glᴀss. The RSPCA have been a few times and reckon it’s trying to sᴄʀᴀᴘe insects off the glᴀss, but there aren’t any inside the letter box. He does it every year until the summer then doesn’t bother for the rest of the year. It is a flipping nuisance. He starts by rattling the letter box then bashes the metal with its beak quite loudly.

‘The racket reverberates through the whole house. It doesn’t do any ᴅᴀᴍᴀɢe, but it’s extremely irritating. Sometimes it does it for three hours at a time, other times only once or twice. It really is very loud because it flips the letter box up and down with its beak. I have been very careful not to feed it and certainly don’t feed it through the letter box.’

He said the bird couldn’t possibly be hungry because it is constantly fed by walkers.

‘Everyone who walks past the lake seems to give the swans something to eat,’ he added. ‘They must be the best-fed birds in England. The last thing it could be is hungry. It is impossible to work out what it’s up to and it does it to other houses. But it certainly gives the postman and paper boy something to think about.’

Nothing will stop the bird’s obsession with letterboxes. Not even a swan-repellent ultrasonic noise.

Mr Legg added: ‘I did have a device that makes a swan-repellent ultrasonic noise, but it actually seemed to quite like it.

‘He just nestled up to it, so it did no good at all and even might’ve encouraged him. It cost me thirty quid so it was a complete waste of money. I did try covering the whole door but I didn’t get any post for a whole month. If it keeps on through the whole summer I will have to cover the door again and leave my conservatory window open for the postman.

‘It is a ʙʟᴏᴏᴅy nuisance and very peculiar behaviour.’

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