Kip’s Comments 5-10-17

Double-crested Cormorant Rookery - Image 439454 (© Kip Ladage)

 

A New Observation and a Not New Bird Sighting

While outside today I traveled near something I had not seen (or photographed) before. The new observation was an active double-crested cormorant rookery. My best guess is at least 125-150 birds were in the area of the nest tree/island. To minimize any possible disturbance, I approached from a long distance away, shot some photos with a long lens, and backed away. To see so many cormorants in one spot, with many on their nests, was quite interesting. (Thanks for the info Darrin!)    

Double-crested Cormorant Rookery:                      

Double-crested Cormorant Rookery - Image 439398 (© Kip Ladage)

Double-crested Cormorant Rookery – Image 439398 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Double-crested Cormorant Rookery - Image 439478 (© Kip Ladage)

Double-crested Cormorant Rookery – Image 439478 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Double-crested Cormorant Rookery - Image 439454 (© Kip Ladage)

Double-crested Cormorant Rookery – Image 439454 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Double-crested Cormorant Rookery - Image 439451 (© Kip Ladage)

Double-crested Cormorant Rookery – Image 439451 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Double-crested Cormorant Rookery - Image 439444 (© Kip Ladage)

Double-crested Cormorant Rookery – Image 439444 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Double-crested Cormorant Rookery - Image 439443 (© Kip Ladage)

Double-crested Cormorant Rookery – Image 439443 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Double-crested Cormorant Rookery - Image 439435 (© Kip Ladage)

Double-crested Cormorant Rookery – Image 439435 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Double-crested Cormorant Rookery - Image 439427 (© Kip Ladage)

Double-crested Cormorant Rookery – Image 439427 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Double-crested Cormorant Rookery - Image 439421 (© Kip Ladage)

Double-crested Cormorant Rookery – Image 439421 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Double-crested Cormorant Rookery - Image 439412 (© Kip Ladage)

Double-crested Cormorant Rookery – Image 439412 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Later I saw several birds I have not seen for a two to three years – yellow-headed blackbirds. Today I saw at least five males of this very pretty species.  

Male Yellow-headed Blackbird:

Male Yellow-headed Blackbird - Image 439568 (© Kip Ladage)

Male Yellow-headed Blackbird – Image 439568 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Male Yellow-headed Blackbird - Image 439559 (© Kip Ladage)

Male Yellow-headed Blackbird – Image 439559 (© Kip Ladage)

           

Other bird species seen were an adult bald eagle on a utility pole and an adult Canada goose cuddling with its goslings.      

Adult Bald Eagle on Utility Pole:                        

Adult Bald Eagle on Utility Pole - Image 439371 (© Kip Ladage)

Adult Bald Eagle on Utility Pole – Image 439371 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Canada Goose with Goslings:

Canada Goose with Goslings - Image 439548 (© Kip Ladage)

Canada Goose with Goslings – Image 439548 (© Kip Ladage) 

 

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