The Cormorants Are Back!

Monday, March 26, 2018,

The Double-crested Cormorants have returned to our Long Island shores and waterways. These guys are amongst my favorite birds. While other birds look like they’re working for a living – and they are – these Cormorants always look like they’re having fun. They have such a sense of ‘joie de vivre’ about them, as if life’s a game and they’re winning. It’s always a pleasure to see them. I miss them when they’re gone but doubly glad when they return. JK


Ol’ Blue Eyes

Tuesday, September 16, 2014,

No Frank Sinatra here folks. This is a Double-crested Cormorant. They’ve got the eyes but certainly not the voice. Anyone who has visited a breeding colony of these guys can attest to that fact. You won’t be hearing ‘It Was A Very Good Year‘ or anything close. Frogs cannot croak better than these birds. Nor as loudly. Despite their musical drawbacks, Cormorants truly do make a joyful noise unto the world. JK


A Sure Sign Of Spring

Tuesday, April 15, 2014,

20140414081002-5x7w2Spring is in the air and the Ospreys are back. I’ve been missing these guys. I’ve been seeing many of my favorite migrators since mid March. On St. Patty’s Day I saw my first Greater Yellowlegs, then on the 30th a Great Egret showed up. I spied a Double-crested Cormorant fishing with the few remaining Common Mergansers on April Fool’s Day. I don’t get to see that very often. Two days later I saw an Osprey emerging from the Nissy with a silvery prize. And two days after that I saw my first Snowy Egret. The gang’s all here and I’m very happy about it. JK