Double-crested Cormorant

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Feathered Focus

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we talk about a cool, if not somewhat prehistoric-looking, waterbird; the Double-crested Cormorant! The most widespread of the number of cormorant species found in North America, the Double-crested Cormorant is all over the place in New York City, where I first saw one. I was riding my bike up the East River in Brooklyn, and stopped on one of the piers to admire the view of Manhattan across the river. This was years before I started working in Central Park and started birding. I had no idea what these birds were. I actually thought they were loons. They do have a similar-ish silhouette in the water. In fact, for a few years I believed them to be loons. It wasn’t until I saw a sign along the water (I think at Gantry Plaza Park in Queens, but I could be wrong) about them and discovered…

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