Monday, September 25, 2006

Something else I don't know...

Tell me... is this creature a cormorant? My sister Gerry and I saw it when we were in Ludington last week. At first we thought it might be a heron but then I remembered reading that cormorants are sort of a dark bird, shaped similarly to a heron... and somehow this bird wasn't quite as pretty as the blue heron I've seen in past years.

I've read cormorants have a voracious appetite and are a threat to more desirable water fowl and to fish. Nice picture though, isn't it? It was taken along the Lincoln River in Ludington State Park.

Monday Madness- questions from fellow participants!

1. From jstar: Holiday in Europe or Asia? I think Europe - because of my roots. It would be interesting to visit Wales & France - the two places I know are in my family history.

2. From sherle: How do you try to change a behavior pattern you don't like about yourself... whether it's chewing fingernails, overeating, smoking, or picking your nose? When I started smoking, I quit chewing my fingernails. I used the patch to quit smoking and it worked! I've tried pills to quite overeating, which got worse after I quit smoking... and it only works for a short while. Counting calories helps the most if I stick to it, which, unfortunately I don't. Thank goodness, I don't pick my nose.

3. From tricia: Have you ever successfully completed a Sudoku puzzle? No - actually I get all tense and feel incompetent just looking at one!

4. From caylynn: What website do you visit the most often? Hmmm! ...probably my own, but I also read the Midland Daily News every day online... I use often and oh yes, Google! I probably use Google the most - for what I want to know - every day!

5. From michael morgan: What was your favorite thing about high school or college? Graduation!


GreensboroBirds said...

Hi! That's a Great Blue Heron in the picture. (Check it out here: Cormorants ( are blacker and shorter.

And I totally agree with you on #5!


sherle said...

Oh you are SO right NutmegNine! Thank you!!! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Graduation was great but it brought some sadness too because it meant not being able to see my close friends as often as we used to. Graduation is a mixture of emotions but it is always a significant part of school.

Take care!


cassie-b said...

I've seen a bird just like that recently. It looked like a dirty egret. The one I saw wasn't as large as a great blue heron, so I still don't know what it was.

Jan said...

hi MOm! I'm glad you got the answer on the bird; I certainly couldn't have helped. I think it's cool that you and your sister are hanging out some. i love you!

Jan said...

finally!!! it took me 4 tries to get that thing posted; I was certain I could read the letters well. hmmmmmmm