Our Cormorant – A Very Different Visitor

Cor 3For about a week this summer, we had a very different kind of visitor in the pond behind our home in mid-Missouri.

Our usual inhabitants are geese, ducks, owls, hawks, and great blue herons, besides the little birds.

But we noticed something very different about this bird, as it sat there on the stump of an old pine with its wings spread out for minutes at a time.

Cor 2It was smaller than a goose and floated lower in the water than a duck.

Then, like a duck, we would see it would dive under the water for some food.

A little research quickly told us that it was a young cormorant. Young, because it’s breast had a yellowish tint instead of being all black.

Cor 1Unfortunately my 7omm Sony zoom could not quite get close enough to get some of the spectacular pictures, like these three from the web,  but you can get a feel from the slide show below, what we viewed from the house.

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And without republishing the tons of literature on the internet on Cormorants, here are a few links.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology:
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/double-crested_cormorant/id

Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cormorant

Creagrus:
http://creagrus.home.montereybay.com/cormorants.html

Pretty cool bird!

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About Joe Puglis

Hello and welcome to ColorMe4Life and Whispers to the Wind. My name is Joe Puglis and these websites encompass various aspects of my life. From the backgrounds of grocery story proprietor, to research chemist, to manager, carpet dyer and Catholic deacon you'll find a cornucopia of colors here, the Colors of Life. Most dear to my heart is my love of God, my awesome family, and you, beloved. Thank you for visiting. Please come back again. And feel free to visit the links in all pictures and hyper-linked words. These are always hand selected to go with the topic of discussion and kept as absolutely clean as possible. Hope you enjoy. May God bless YOU always, in Christ's love! Joe
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