A family of swans quite literally stopped traffic as they went on an early-morning stroll.
The two adult swans and the six cygnets were captured strutting along Abingdon Way in Boldon Colliery, at 7.30am on Sunday.
A bemused Simon Oliver, who owns Green Dot Taxis, captured the event on his mobile phone – while fellow motorists had also stopped to watch.
He said: “It was one of them really busy mornings.
“I was rushing about and then I had to stop to let the swans go by.
“It was lovely to see.
It was lovely to see.Simon Oliver
“My car was at the front of the line so I had a great view.
“It was amusing watching them all march in a line.
“It only took a couple of minutes until they were all safely on the other side of the road.
“I think everyone really enjoyed watching then, nobody was honking their horns or anything as they realised what was happening.
“Lots of people have watched the video – everyone seems to be enjoying it. ”
Yesterday the happy family were spotted swimming in the pond outside of the Quadrus Centre in Newcastle Road. Swans usually mate for life, though “divorce” does sometimes occur, particularly after nesting failure, and if a mate dies, the remaining swan will take up with another.
The number of eggs in each clutch ranges from three to eight.
An adult male is a cob, from middle English cobbe (leader of a group); an adult female is a pen.