Tuesday, April 17, 2007

A Gulp of Cormorants

I had my FOS (first of the season sighting) of Double-crested Cormorants on April 10th at Oromocto. Found in open waters, both fresh and salt, these cormorants are pre-dominately fish eaters. I have seen several groups since then and have noticed a couple of times that some were hitching rides. Yesterday we spotted three standing on a log floating down the Saint John and last week I watched as a group, along with a few gulls, shared an ice floe floating down the river. Yesterday we found a large gulp of Double-crested Cormorants near the mouth of the Oromocto River. Bunched too close together to get an accurate count, they were an amazing sight as they all took to the sky.

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