The Group of Seven

Fraser River, British Columbia

Early one morning, out of the fog, came seven Mute Swans ( Cygnus olor ). Mute Swans are not a native species to North America. Downy young Mute Swans are called cygnets. The gray ( or 'Royal' ) chicks start off with gray down and grow in gray-brown and white feathers, giving them a mottled look. You should give plenty of space to nesting Mute Swans because they can be very aggressive.