Photo by William Hall/AP
It seems the cormorant is disliked wherever it goes in the world. It is routinely accused of over-populating any nesting ground it establishes, polluting soil and killing off vegetative matter, decimating fish stocks, displacing other bird species from habitats, and on and on and on. It is quite true of several sites in my neck of the woods in southern Ontario, as well as many other places around the Great Lakes. The cormorant pictured above was photographed by William Hall. The bird is nesting under the old eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Baby Bridge in San Francisco. Transportation officials are attempting to displace hundreds of Double-crested Cormorants, as well as other bird species that nest in the massive, 10,000 ft. long steel structure. I've never heard of one of these ill-conceived plans being successful in the long run. These unique and striking-looking birds have to live somewhere, unless there is an ultimate and final solution, that is being kept a secret, to totally exterminate the species. Then, what or who is next?
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