Five mute swans have taken refuge on Onota Lake near the Causeway in Pittsfield. The mute swan is an introduced species to North America.

The birds are foraging in the open water near the ice, and yes, it is rare to hear them vocalize, hence the name.

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Ben Garver has been photographing the Berkshire hills and people for The Eagle since 1994. In his spare time, Garver enjoys hiking and biking with his Australian cattle dog, Cheyenne.