Bird in the hand:

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - NATION & WORLD -

Of­fi­cials mea­sure young swans Mon­day dur­ing the an­nual Swan Up­ping in Lon­don. The cen­sus dates to the 12th cen­tury when the crown claimed own­er­ship of all mute swans, con­sid­ered a delicacy. Now, it’s a way to as­sess the birds’ health.

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