Enjoy the Travel Series, Birdwatcher Series, Species Spotlights and more observations from nature.
For the last month and half, Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons and Double-crested Cormorants have been working day and night to build their nests along the shore in Morro Bay State Park. Now is a wonderful time to see all of the activity. Not knowing the Cormorants well, one visitor remarked to me that she had mistakenly presumed there were wild boar in the area. I laughed in full understanding of the mistaken identity of the Cormorants calls and explained that, the sounds of the Egrets and Herons, and why so much vocal activity right now.
If you have the chance to visit Morro Bay, or any rookery like those around Clear Lake or elsewhere in California and across the U.S., look WAY up in the tops of the trees. There you'll see the Herons and Egrets, delicately but awkwardly balancing on the tree limb close to their very large nests. The Cormorants can typically be found in bald trees, and thus are much easier to spot. And of course as mentioned, they all have quite distinctive calls which make them easier to spot.