Sunday, January 17, 2021

Pelagic Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorants are small, common birds of the North Pacific shores. You can find them about anywhere in Puget Sound, but Erika and I have had most success near Olympia on an abandoned logging pier at the Woodward Bay Conservation Area. We headed out there on 14 January, successfully adding the species to our growing 2021Year List. The cormorants perched some distance from us, but were identifiable by their steely-blue plumage and reddish color at the base of their bill. As they preened, I wondered if these birds were an exception to the list of cormorants that spread their wings during feather maintenance. Back home, a quick check in Birds of the World assured me that Pelagics are no exception, and usually show wing-spreading behavior at their roosts.

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