Mute Swan pair 4/5/18

New England has no native swans, though occasionally a handful of Tundra Swans are sighted during the fall migration. Mute Swans however, have been introduced from Europe to decorate parks and posh estates and then have become naturalized, in recent decades becoming fairly common—wintering in the tidal waters of our many creeks and bays. Adults have orange bills with black face masks and snow white plumage, the cob or male of this pair is out front, if you look close you’ll see the black nob at the base of his bill not seen in the smaller female. Juveniles have varying amount of dirty gray and white with either gray, tan, or pink bills.

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