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Howard Towle <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 16 Nov 2009 08:46:58 -0700
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While hiking at Lake Rebecca Park Reserve in western Hennepin County  
on Sunday afternoon, I came upon a Mute Swan. The swan was in an  
impoundment area together with about two dozen Trumpeter Swans just  
west of Lake Rebecca (directions below). The reason for the delay in  
posting this was that I wanted to check with the Three Rivers Park  
folks about the possible status of this bird. They tell me that they  
do not currently have any captive or rehabbed Mute Swans and that this  
swan occasionally flies in to join the Trumpeters. It is perhaps one  
that overwinters near Monticello. There were no signs of clipped wings  
or tags evident. Hence, I suspect that this is a wild bird. Also  
present were a number of Cackling Geese.

Howard Towle
Golden Valley, MN

Directions: Enter Lake Rebecca Park from County Road 50 just south of  
Highway 55 and turn right. Park at the top of the hill near the  
reservation picnic grounds. There is an access road that heads off  
east from the end of the parking lot near the trailhead for the  
Deerwood Trail. Follow the access road east, then south and east again  
for about 1/2 mile and you will come to a small pond where the swans  

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