Cormorant on Patrol

photo by Ballard Avenue

"Not another bloody bird!" we hear you saying. Sorry. We like the bloody things even when they're eating little salmon. Cormorants hang out in the turbulent water downstream of the Locks dam and fish for juvenile salmon migrating to the ocean. The salmon are momentarily flummoxed by the trip over the dam and are easy pickings for the birds. The Army Corps of Engineers might be able to help the salmon by stringing nets over the turbulent water, but there's no money for that. Their budget was squeezed so Paris Hilton could get her tax cut.