Kip’s Comments 9-27-20

Double-crested Cormorants at Indian Pond - Image 655283 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Temporary Neighbors Dropped in Today

While I was at the cabin today, preparing to paddle on the Wapsipinicon River, almost two dozen double-crested cormorants circled and dropped in to visit those of us on Indian Pond.

Cormorants are interesting birds in that few people appreciate having them around (cormorants are fish eaters), they are not terribly colorful, their vocalizations are not pretty, and they nest in large colonies that produce huge amounts of waste. Here in our corner of the world we only see cormorants during their migrations north and south, and that is probably a good thing..     

My first view of the double-crested cormorants today was when they dropped in over the trees, circled, and settled on the water of the Wapsipinicon River. I did my best to sneak up on them for pictures, but they knew I was there and did not allow me to approach very close. 

Double-crested Cormorants at Indian Pond - Image 655283 (© Kip Ladage)

Double-crested Cormorants at Indian Pond – Image 655283 (© Kip Ladage)

   

My second view of the cormorants was later when they again dropped over the trees, flew low, and then roosted in a dying tree across the water from the cabins. 

Double-crested Cormorants at Indian Pond - Image 655337 (© Kip Ladage)

Double-crested Cormorants at Indian Pond – Image 655337 (© Kip Ladage)

         

As I paddled I noticed this autumn leaf that never made it to the river below. A nearly invisible spider web caught the leaf that is now suspended and moving in the wind. When I first saw the leaf moving, I thought maybe it was a fishing lure snagged in a tree. But, no such luck – just a leaf that never finished its autumn drop.

Autumn Leaf in Spider Web - Image 655206 (© Kip Ladage)

Autumn Leaf in Spider Web – Image 655206 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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