Just north of Dublin along the west side of the Scioto River is a small park named Twin Lakes that’s a true gem for bird watching. A favorite spot for many birds is a fallen log that juts out into the pond from the north shore. Geese, Kingfishers, Herons, Mallards, and other species can be found here at different times.
For the most part they get along, but last fall I watched one cormorant get very territorial.
This Great White Egret thought there was room enough for two on the fallen tree, but the cormorant wasn’t in a mood to share.
Though the egret appears twice the size of the cormorant, it’s all feathers. Despite standing three feet tall, Great White Egrets max-out at around 3 lbs. The cormorant is a stocky 4-5 lbs.
Too fragile to risk injury, the egret saves its lethal beak for fish, rodents, snakes, and other creatures that won’t fight back.