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Apr 28, 2012

Cormorant at Seneca's Lake Jonda

Photo by BarrytheBirder
MDouble-crested CormorantM
Phalacrocorax auritus

I spotted what I believe is the first cormorant of the season on Lake Jonda, at Seneca College, on Friday morning.   As far as I could tell it was the only one on the lake.   It was cold, windy morning, around the freezing mark, and there was a bit of snow blowing about.   I thought of how cormorants sit and spread their wings as they dry their feathers (which are not waterproof) after they have been diving for fish.   The Wikipedia photo at left shows a Coromorant at Humber Bay in Toronto drying out.   A cormorant could very well freeze in the position on a day like this!   The word "cormorant" is derived through French from the Latin corvus marinus, meaning "sea crow".
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