Saturday, September 10, 2011
Cormorants in Muskoka waters
In Ontario they began moving inland along the rivers quite a few years ago. Since they are a "clannish" bird - they gather together to nest or rest. They also perch in trees as you can see from the somewhat indistinct black spots in the tops of the trees on this small island in one of Ontario's Muskoka lakes.
The sad thing about that is the acummulation of guano they produce is very toxic to vegetation and after a while the trees they perch in die, as you can see in this picture. This makes it difficult for other creatures and most certainly decimates landscapes.
Personally I'm not sure how I feel about cormorants yet. I don't like the fact that there presence kills vegetation and makes it impossible for other birds who might nest on the ground in some areas where cormorants are located - such as ducks, loons and shorebirds. But on the other hand they are natural creatures, found around the world, though mostly in modern history along seacoasts. And I do love nature in all its glory and not so glorious.
So today I'm pondering.
And I'm off to the local Fall Fair in a very short while. There I will see things that will take my mind off cormorants. Things such as nature's bounty in the form of grains, hay, corn and vegetables on display. Flowers and home baking, crafts, antiques, children's displays of art and other items they put together for The Fair. There will be sheep - some to ride, some to pull and some just to pet. A horse show - you can bet I'll check that out. And lots of people, my neighbours, my friends in the surrounding towns and villages.
Perhaps tomorrow I'll have some photos for the blog to show.
But while I get organized, I'll still think about ducks and cormorants and nature's balance and humankind's as well. Something to seriously ponder on this 9-11 weekend.
Enjoy your day.