Oct 30 13 - These are Mute Swans with 1 Cygnet which is the 1st baby I have ever seen.

Mute Swans unlike Trumpeters can be id'd by their orange beak (Trumpeters are black), curved neck & fluffy back feathers. Their call is a grunt whereas the Trumpeter sounds like the instrument. They were introduced in the late 1800's from England as the original Trumpeters were hunted to extinction in Ontario. Mute's are apparently considered an "evasive species" and aggressive to Trumpeters which have been brought back from near extinction & now number about 1500. Eggs of Mute's are apparently oiled to stop reproduction. Adult Mute's on Frenchman's Bay number around 20.


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