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I think that this pond visitor is an older juvenile Double Crested Cormorant.  Double Crested Cormorants are usually found in Tennessee closer to the Mississippi River.  They don’t breed in large numbers here in Tennessee.  This is the first one I have seen here in Cumberland County, TN.  The Double Crested Cormorant will get darker in color and will have a slightly larger yellow to yellow-orange skin patch near its bill when fully grown.  These aquatic birds eat fish, crayfish, and other small aquatic animals and larger aquatic insects.  They tend to spend time with the herons.  I am not 100% sure if this is a Double Crested Cormorant or if it is merely a Western Grebe or a Loon.  My best guess is that it is a cormorant.  I took these pictures yesterday in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "A Juvenile Double Crested Cormorant?" (12)

  1. What a thrill for you. And very nice photos! We’ve only had them fly over our yard, but saw one resting in the nearby creek.
    You are correct about it being a Double Crested Cormorant. 🙂 The Grebe and Loon would have white throats and chests.

  2. TexWisGirl said:

    i think these birds are fascinating, too. 🙂

  3. Congrats, Linda… I know you were excited seeing that one–especially since it is usually not in this area of the country. I’m happy for you!!!! What a gorgeous bird.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

    • Hi Betsy, The Double Crested Cormorants are interesting and seldom seen birds here. Glad that the bird stopped over on its way elsewhere. Have a really wonderful day tomorrow!

  4. It certainly looks like a Cormorant to me. Whether it’s Double Crested or not…..
    I remember travelling 100miles or more to go and see the first one ever seen in the UK.

    • Hi Stephen, How fabulous for you to have done that! Thanks for your confirmation that this is a Cormorant. I appreciate your comment. Have a great day tomorrow!

  5. Cool visitor! I like seeing the Cormorants, they swim like snakes. Great shots, have a great day.

  6. Nice captures! They are pretty neat birds!

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