Hi everyone and welcome back! Today’s bird is the “double-crested cormorant”, though that double crest is not always easy to see unless you’re fairly close to the bird. These are a rather odd type water bird that has less preen oil for their feathers than other water birds like ducks. So their feathers can get quite wet, therefore they spend a lot of time resting on rocks, in trees, on buildings, with their wings outstretched to dry them. They will even swim with their wings outstretched. They will also often swim with only their head and neck sticking out of the water. They are an excellent diving bird and their diet is almost totally fish. They make an odd grunting noise to communicate. They nest in colonies in trees or on the ground, their nests can be up to 3 feet (1 meter) across. The male chooses the nest site and provides most of the nesting material while the female builds the nest. They will lay up to 7 eggs. The chicks often congregate together while parents are out fishing and return to their own nests for feeding. Have a wonderful day everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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