What species of bird is this?
- Spotted at the mouth of Graham Creek at Newcastle Marina (Bond Head), Lake Ontario, Canada
- September 9, 2023
- The bird was roughly 18 inches tall; dark grey body; light grey head and neck; yellow beak
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I'm highly confident that this is a cormorant. I'm less certain of the species, but based on the location I would bet that it is a double-crested cormorant (perhaps a juvenile based on the head color/feathering, though I don't know if this varies in adults based on season) as these are found in high numbers around the Great Lakes region, including Lake Ontario.
photo by Jane Mann, from Macaulay Library