Thanks to you the bird has been identified! It is an Immature Great Cormorant. Many of you got Cormorant right off the bat and it was a matter of figuring out what type. For a couple of hours on Friday I thought it might be a White Breasted Cormorant, which would have been a bit rare for these parts, but I was wrong. There were also a couple of people who suggested that it might be an Immature Double-Crested, but apparently they were also wrong. I submitted the photo to a bird watching group on flickr and they and my in-laws got back to me at about the same time with a definite on the proper ID. I had forgotten that my in-laws are bird watchers, so it was fun to get their email. Now I know who to ask next time! My Dad also chimed in a few hours later to let me know that he believes that these guys may be considered a nuisance here in NB and appear on varmint licenses (which means you can shoot them any time). Perhaps they're a nuisance to fishermen but I kind of liked him, so he's welcome to hang out at my lake any time. The only shooting I'll do is with my camera. It was a fun little game though and I enjoyed the participation. Also? I keep looking at the photos on the internet and I'm afraid that all the cormorants look pretty much the same to me. I guess I don't get my bird-watching badge just yet.
I also got a couple of comments on my wood-pecked telephone pole that I posted on Friday, pointing out that it looks like a face. I totally missed that when I posted it, but as soon as you mentioned it I saw it! You guys are so imaginative! My Mom thought it looked like it was singing, and my funny Hallowe'en obsessed Caligirl thought it looked appropriately Hallowe'en-y. I had a little chuckle at her ability to see everything as fitting into her favourite holiday BUT
When I went for my walk this morning, I noticed that that pole isn't the only one that has been pecked into a home. There are actually 3 in a row and THEY ALL HAVE EYES!!!!
That is TOTALLY Hallowe'en spooky and now I'm going to have dreams about them coming to life at night and wandering around. Thanks a lot Caligirl!
I have some photos from the weekend to share, but I really need to hurry and get off the computer. I have shopping to do (kids need fall/winter wardrobes filled out), laundry to sort, a lesson to prepare, and a house that exploded over the weekend.
Before I go, I just wanted to welcome my newest little sister into the world! She was born on 09/09/09, at 9 minutes to 9, weighing 9 lbs 2 ozs. I'll let the numerologists go crazy with that one!
They say good things come in 3's and it must be true! I now have 3 full brothers, 3 half sisters, and 3 step-sisters. Then of course I have my own 3 kiddos!
Here are my 3 little sisters: