Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Brandt’s Cormorant

On 16 November 2021, I wrote that Erika and I do not see Brantd’s Cormorants very often here in Olympia. That very day we found one perched on a large channel marker in Puget Sound off KGY Point. Actually this structure is where we see Brandt’s Cormorants, when wee see them at all. I wondered how the habitat requirements for this cormorant differ from the other two local species. Although all three cormorants can be seen together, Brandt’s prefer deeper water, whereas Pelagic Cormorants tend to feed in more shallow areas, and Double-crested is the only species found inland (NPS). Brandt's Cormorants’ throats become bright blue during breeding season.

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