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"Mute Swan"
Mute Swan:    The Mute Swan is an imported species and not an established "wild" bird in the Pacific Northwest. Birder folks do not count it in their traditional "life lists". The are agressive to native swans and in many places back East they are trying to eliminate them. The Mute Swan at Steigerwald Refuge showed up in 2006 (information via private email) and is more-or-less now (written spring 2010) a permanent resident.

 
Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Washougal, Washington ...

Image, 2010, Steigerwald NWR, click to enlarge Image, 2010, Steigerwald NWR, click to enlarge
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Mute Swan, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washougal, Washington. Image taken April 25, 2010. Canon Rebel XTi, 300mm.



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