|A double crested cormorant with its ice-blue eyes sits with a hook embedded in what would be equivalent to our wrist.|
My husband and I went to Prospect Park with a mission of playing with a go-pro camera we are borrowing and just wanted to have some fun with. It had rained all day Friday, so we were totally excited for spending a lovely sunny day in the park.
We rode our bikes over and hooked them up at the boat house. I was so excited because a double crested cormorant was just hanging out on the dock. As we got closer we saw that everyone was fairly upset because he was hooked in his left wing. I called an animal rescue place immediately, but they were so short-staffed and dealing with their own facility that they had no one to send (totally understandable, as I know they work hard daily). The park rangers told people they would come out tomorrow. This bird, according to the crowd has been hooked since yesterday. A man approached me and asked who I had called, we got into talking and I found out he managed the land for the Audubon Center (the boat house) and Leffert's Historic House. He was a really nice guy and after talking, we made a plan to get some nets, gloves, boxes, tape (in case we actually caught him), and to give this rescue a go. If we could catch him, that would be better than waiting till tomorrow. I snapped a few photos of the cormorant while waiting for the supplies to be gathered:
|Cormorants are diving birds. From afar, they just appear a plain black bird with a snake-neck and funny webbed feet. Closer inspection reveals an absolutely stunning animal.|
I was being patient, letting the bird take a breather and letting my friend arrive. Some random guy in the park thought he should take a try. I was trying to discourage him, because honestly, I think he was just trying to "be the hero." He grabbed a net and I told him that the nets are not good for this situation (actually the Animal Control guy had a GREAT net, and what a waste of his effort, I should have asked the Animal Control guy to do his job). I tried to tell him, that my friend and I have experience grabbing up birds and he really should just let the cormorant be for now. Of course, random park guy did not listen, picked up the net, and before you knew it, all you saw was a tail dip under the water. The random guy walked away awkwardly without saying anything further to us, he really angered me, but him walking away was the better thing for the bird and I. We sighted the cormorant a few times and then he was gone. We waited and he never returned. We figured at this point he probably went off into the lake.
My friend finally arrived, after sending dropped pins on our phones, sending out a search team, and using triangulation techniques (okay, maybe we didn't do the last two things, but maybe we should have!), we all found each other. Since the cormorant was gone, which I felt, and still feel absolutely awful about, and it was my friends' birthday, I figured let's go on a mini birthday tour of Prospect Park. And so we went for a little walk, saw some birds, stuck our camera in the lake, into bushes and trees, anywhere. My husband was having fun with the little go-pro we are borrowing.
|Pigeons are nesting below the bridge that spans the lullwater. Baby pigeons are so ugly, they are cute!|
|House Sparrows and their swanky real estate, over looking the boathouse pond.|
|We spot a cormorant off of the Peninsula at Prospect Park/Prospect Park SW- near the BBQ pits. Since these guys swim with their bodies low in the water, we could not see his wing.|
|A female house sparrow strikes a pose on some phragmites reeds. An invasive plant that grows where cattails should really be growing.|
|A male red-wing blackbird was very vigilant over his territory. He chased out a male sparrow as well as the one pictured above.|
|The bullfrogs were all within the reeds. I heard a few but they jumped before I even saw them. I saw this one guy and through the brush was able to get a picture of him without getting to close and scaring him off.|