Unusual cormorant for Windsor River Thames

October 1, 2007 at 9:45 am | Posted in Birds, Cormorant, Rivers, Thames, Windsor | Leave a comment

Cormorant Windsor River Thames 1 October 2007

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:

Hello inel,

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.

Regards

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:

Thames moorhen pecking leaves in rain

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