Unfortunately I missed last week. I was doing other things on Monday and after Tuesday was recovering from an infection due to this evil cat.
This week, I'll share the Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)
It's the most common across North America, however it's not the first cormorant I saw. The Brandt's Cormorants were the first I noticed. That was easy to see of course, it was breeding season and they had this brilliant blue gular area.
A couple weeks ago on a walk around Vasona Lake, right before I spotted the Osprey, my mom and I noticed all these dark spots on the lake. With her handy binoculars and my handy 100-400mm lens, we quickly id'd them as Double-cresteds.
They first were headed north and were joined by a few others flying south.
A closer look at them reveals that they weren't dark enough to be adults, and my guess is that they are mostly 2nd year, with maybe some 1st years, and some of the late-comers were the adults.
Here's one landing. Looks like they use the tail to start braking and then the feet. It has a pretty light front, so I'd say this was a juvenile too.
Then, after this guy/gal below landed...
they switched directions and swam south!
That was funny watching their behavior. They periodically dove for food, one at a time. It didn't appear they were catching much.