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Monday, May 6, 2013

Santee Bird of the Month for May

Monday, May 6, 2013

While walking the dirt haul road along the Walker Preserve east of Magnolia Avenue, we spotted a flock of cormorants frolicking in a pond in the San Diego River.
Here’s what the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website says about these water birds:

“The gangly Double-crested Cormorant is a prehistoric-looking, matte-black fishing bird with yellow-orange facial skin. Though they look like a combination of a goose and a loon, they are relatives of frigatebirds and are a common sight around fresh and salt water across North America—perhaps attracting the most attention when they stand on docks, rocky islands, and channel markers, their wings spread out to dry. These solid, heavy-boned birds are experts at diving to catch small fish.”

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