Unusual cormorant for Windsor River ThamesOctober 1, 2007 at 9:45 am | Posted in Birds, Cormorant, Rivers, Thames, Windsor | Leave a comment
My daughter spotted this lone young Great Cormorant on the way to school this morning. We rarely see cormorants on our stretch of the River Thames, but have seen thousands along the California coast, especially near Monterey. This one is unusual not only as a result of its location, but also because we are used to seeing black adults in groups and here is a young adult, all alone.
Update: RSPB sent me this reply after viewing that picture:
I can confirm this is a juvenile great cormorant and the plumage suggests this individual is one of the continental (sinensis) race rather than one of our coastal (carbo) birds.
Ian Peters – Wildlife Advisor
So, you were right, B!
Today we also saw a grebe and moorhen. We occasionally see coots, but rarely do moorhens come up, as this one did, onto the wet footpath to peck at leaves so close to humans. Look: