Sunday, August 14, 2016

Cormorant gate-crashes seagulls

Photos by Barry Wallace
Motorists who regularly travel on Highway 9, just east of Hwy. 400 will recognize the scene above near the south-west intersection of Jane Street and Highway 9.   The property is an impressive horse farm and one of its features is a small pond that always seems to have as many as 200 (or more) Ring-billed Gulls around its perimeter on any given occasion. I was surprised on Monday to spot a bunch of black feathers among all the white ones.   They belonged to a Double-crested Cormorant; not rare in these parts, but not common either.   I cannot believe there are enough fish in this wee pond to feed one cormorant, let alone the mob of gulls.

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