Friday, March 27, 2009

Birds at the Lake

We woke up this morning to see a mass of Cormorants on the Lake, there must have been 50 of them. The Lake is only about 40 acres, so we are concerned about the fish population. Until today there had only been a half dozen or so of these Double Tufted Cormorants, although I had seen 19 the day before and 9 the day before that. I e-mailed AACo and got a reply from Ranger Adam. He seems to think that they are recovering their numbers, apparently their numbers had gone down drastically and they were almost endangered in this area. He feels that most of them are just passing through, but some may stay in the area. He also said not to worry about the fish, if it gets too hard to catch the fish because the birds have reduced their numbers too much the Cormorants will move on to somewhere else.
We also counted 8 Great Blue Herons, which is unprecedented. We have seen two of them a number of times (We named them Harry & Harriet) and three a couple of times but that is the most, until today. We could hardly believe it, there could even have been more because we can only see about 2/3 of the lake and some of the areas we can see are as much as a 1/4 mile away which makes a Great Blue Heron hard to see against the background of grasses, bushes and trees. Adam, the Ranger tells me that they are migrating too, so they may have stopped by for a snack before going on!

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