Mute Swan [Cygnus olor] ~ #34

Mute Swans
Mute Swans ~ Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC ~ April 12, 2015
Mute Swan
Mute Swan ~ Stanley Park ~ November 2014

I was little puzzled when I entered the Mute Swan into my e-bird checklist and it told me it was a rare find for the area, because they’ve always been there.  So I Googled the “Stanley Park Swans” and learned that they are normally found in Europe and parts of Asia, and that the Mute Swans were a gift from England in 1889 ( In order for the species not to spread the swan’s wings are pinioned (wing tendons clipped) so they cannot leave.  Kind of sad for the Swans, but at least they have a nice place to call home.

Mute Swan
Majestic Mute Swan ~ Stanley Park ~ April 2014


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