Guess we don't see a bunch of these smelly birds here in Pa but some years I see 1000's of these birds in Coastal NJ. There's no doubt their numbers need managed for the better of the fishing and waterfowl world.
Many years ago I was on a guided hunt in NJ and witnessed one of these birds get shot my mistake. The Guides Chessy swam out to the Cormorant but refused to retrieve the bird cause it smelled so bad!
Anyway, you can submit comments if you want to.
US Fish & Wildlife Service will be soliciting public input regarding management of cormorants
February 24, 2020 National
The fishing public may finally get some relief from the Federal government, in regards to the double crested cormorant. Cormorants are migrating fish eating sea birds that have been around the Great lakes area en mass since the early 1970s. Cormorants are dark in color, have a wide wing span, a long bill (beak) and reportedly eat about 500 grams of fish per day individually. They colonize in areas and fan out daily about 20 miles from the colony core and eat. In concentrated numbers, their feces, called guano, is so acidic it will kill all plantlife.,, The deadline for commentary is March 9.
We have/had them around locally at Blue Marsh and Ontelaunee.. Watched a pair over at the Peters Creek area(Ontelaunee) a few springs ago. Guessing they had a nest and were feeding young - catch a fish fly off and repeat all morning long. Was surprised to see them take a few bigger crappie and 2lb bass in the mix.
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