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Notes from the Field

Happy Mother's DayHappy Mother's Day

While monitoring the cormorant colony at East Sand Island on a sunny Sunday afternoon, I noticed a flowered wreath had washed ashore on the North Beach. The wreath had a variety of flowers ranging from long stem red roses to carnations. I immediately began to think of a gift for my Mother, as Mother’s Day was closely approaching. While focusing my attention on the double-crested cormorant colony on East Sand Island, I soon noticed a cormorant returning to its nest with red roses in its bill. While the roses were used in the construction of the birds nest, I couldn’t help but think that the cormorant was wishing its mate a Happy Mother’s Day in celebration of the first egg laid in their nest.

Double-crested cormorant with red roses in its bill

-Jason Tappa, Cormorant/Brown Pelican Technician, Columbia River Estuary

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Observations and creative in-sights by members of our field crew