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Trumpeter swan cygnets try their wings on Sept. 6, 2010 at Cheever Lake on Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. It may have been the first time the young birds flew. The cygnets — five in all — are the offspring of a geriatric trumpeters nicknamed Solo and his mate. The young born in May of this year are Solo’s second brood in two years after being a mateless widower for 22 years.

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