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 (www.stanley-park-swans.com/). 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.
Hmm, that is sad.