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2BY14: Cormorant? January 4, 2014

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Dan’l, our third partner in the Big Year project, sent us his species list on New Year’s Eve. Tim combined our three lists, and together we got a total of 201. So, at least we hit that number as a group, even though I did not manage it on my own.

Dan’l had ducks and shorebirds we didn’t have, to be sure. But among them was this one: double-crested cormorant.

Somehow, I’d never put that bird on my list. And I saw lots of them this year.

So, what’s that about? What other birds did I see, and knew them when I saw them, and never noted them? Are some of the commoners so common that I think surely I’ve noted them already? Even when I haven’t?

How unfair to commoners.

Or am I just sloppy?

Or, as I bemoan almost every day of late, am I just getting old?

Anyway: Double-crested cormorant. Of course.

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1. Helen - January 6, 2014

I would hardly expect a dazzling indigo bunting to notice something as drab and pedestrian as a cormorant, even a double-crested one.

2. Mali - January 7, 2014

I’m in awe of your ability to identify birds. In my neighbourhood I can do the tui. And seagulls. Maybe a wood pigeon. That’s about it. So don’t beat yourself up for forgetting one you take for granted.

3. Dona - January 17, 2014

Shame on you! No, really I agree with Helen and Mali.


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